8 days in Washington State Itinerary

8 days in Washington State Itinerary

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8 days in Washington State Itinerary

El Paso
Fly:  7​h
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + tram + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Spokane
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
El Paso

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Seattle

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Kerry Park. Change things up with a short trip to Snoqualmie Falls in Snoqualmie (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the striking features of Seattle Public Library-Central Library, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner.

El Paso to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from El Paso to Seattle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from El Paso in December: highs in Seattle hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
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Space Needle

2
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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.
On the 4th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge and then delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then kick back and relax at Ruby Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip builder .

You can fly from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in January, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Spokane.

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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

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Spokane

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Spokane is a city in the state of Washington, in the northwestern United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and then stroll through Riverfront Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Spokane trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Olympic National Park to Spokane by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Olympic National Park in January, things will get little chillier in Spokane: highs are around 37°F and lows about 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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Riverfront Park
Manito Park
Manito Park

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