60 days in Washington State Itinerary

Make it your trip
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Olympia
— 6 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 9 nights
Drive
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Port Townsend
— 7 nights
Drive
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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 7 nights
Ferry
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 6 nights
Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Seattle
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Seattle
— 11 nights
Fly
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Walla Walla
— 8 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park — 5 nights

The star attraction of Mt.
Visiting Mount Rainier and Comet Falls will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Mount Rainier National Park side-trips: High Rock Trail (in Packwood) and Denny Creek Trail (in North Bend). Spend the 1st (Mon) wandering through the wild on Discover Nature. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Paradise Valley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, admire the sheer force of Narada Falls, and hike along Wonderland Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park route planning website.

Phoenix to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Mount Rainier National Park. Traveling from Phoenix in May, things will get cooler in Mount Rainier National Park: highs are around 67°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympia.
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Olympia — 6 nights

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Get some cultural insight at Fusions Gallery and Childhood's End Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at North Jetty and Joemma Beach State Park. Explore Olympia's surroundings by going to Chambers Bay (in University Place), Staircase Rapids Nature Trail (in Hoodsport) and Penrose Point State Park (in Lakebay). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mount St. Helens, identify plant and animal life at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, gain insight at Nisqually Reach Nature Center, and explore the activities along Lake Sacajawea Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Olympia online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympia. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 9 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Escape the urban bustle at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympic National Park: Quinault (Merriman Falls & Quinault Big Spruce Tree) and Sandphifer Gallery (in Pacific Beach). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Hurricane Ridge, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Storm King, hike along Ozette Loop Hike, and stroll through Second Beach Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympia to Olympic National Park. While traveling from Olympia, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Port Townsend.
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Port Townsend — 7 nights

Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. Get outdoors at Puget Sound Express and Double Bluff Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Northwind Arts Center and Port Townsend Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Meerkerk Gardens (in Greenbank), Double Bluff County Park (in Freeland) and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve (in Coupeville). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan Co Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Madison Creek Falls, stroll through Fort Worden State Park, and identify plant and animal life at Dungeness River Nature Center.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Port Townsend visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Port Townsend. May in Port Townsend sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anacortes.
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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island — 7 nights

Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Olive Shoppe Ginger Grater la Conner and Nasty Jack's Antiques. Get in touch with nature at Rosario Beach and Cama Beach State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anacortes: Skagit Wildlife Area (in Mount Vernon), Rockport State Park (in Rockport) and North Cascades National Park (in North Cascades National Park). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tommy Thompson Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Deception Pass State Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Predators of the Heart.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anacortes road trip website.

Traveling by car from Port Townsend to Anacortes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Anacortes can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the ferry to Friday Harbor.
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island — 6 nights

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Museum-lovers will get to explore San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and Island Studios. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Moran State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Friday Harbor side-trips: Eastsound (Crow Valley Pottery & Jones Island State Park), Olga (Summit Learning Center & Orcas Island Trail Rides) and Shark Reef Sanctuary (in Lopez Island). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, witness the site of a historic battle at American Camp, relax in the rural setting at Amaro Farm & Flat Hat Distilling, and explore the striking landscape at Cattle Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor trip itinerary builder.

You can ride a ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.
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Seattle — 11 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chihuly Garden and Glass and Washington State History Museum. Do your shopping at Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens (in SeaTac), Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (in Everett) and Snoqualmie (Railroad Community Park & Snoqualmie Falls). Dedicate the 20th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll around Meadowdale Beach Park, and see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle vacation planner.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Seattle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in June, Seattle is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Walla Walla.
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Walla Walla — 8 nights

Walla Walla is the largest city in and the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rulo Winery and Wine Tours & Tastings. Visiting Snake Dancer Excursions and Columbia Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Walla Walla: Richland (Hanford Nuclear Reservation & Sacagawea Heritage Trail), Palouse Falls State Park (in Washtucna) and Basalt Cellars Winery (in Clarkston). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Elegante Cellars, take an in-depth tour of Fort Walla Walla Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Pioneer Park.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Walla Walla holiday planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Walla Walla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Walla Walla: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Washington State travel guide

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The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.
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