8 days in Olympic National Park, San Juan Islands & Seattle Itinerary

8 days in Olympic National Park, San Juan Islands & Seattle Itinerary

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8 days in Olympic National Park, San Juan Islands & Seattle Itinerary

Bismarck
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
Bismarck

3
days
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Relax by the water at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hurricane Ridge and Olympic Peninsula. Change things up with a short trip to Quinault Big Spruce Tree in Quinault (about 1h 15 min away).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park travel website .

Bismarck to Olympic National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Bismarck in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Friday Harbor.

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Olympic Peninsula, Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

1
day
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor journey planning site .

Fly from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Seattle.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
days
Seattle

Seattle
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pioneer Square, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, and finally stop by The Elliott Bay Book Company. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

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You can fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Friday Harbor in July, with highs in Seattle at 78°F and lows at 60°F. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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Pioneer Square
Pioneer Square
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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