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

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

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

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

2
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.
On the 26th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Olympic Peninsula and then cruise along Hurricane Ridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park visit planning site .

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 a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Orcas Island.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park

1
day
Orcas Island

Orcas Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for gifts at Darvill's Bookstore and then immerse yourself in nature at Moran State Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Orcas Island online holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Orcas Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June in Orcas Island, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Friday Harbor.

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Parks Nature Shopping
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Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

2
days
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor
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.
On the 29th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, relax in the rural setting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, and then take in the exciting artwork at Island Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands, then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and then head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor trip planner .

Traveling by ferry from Orcas Island to Friday Harbor takes an hour. June in Friday Harbor sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to fly to Seattle.

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Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Point No Point Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and finally stop by Chukar Cherries. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at LeMay - America's Car Museum, admire the sheer force of Snoqualmie Falls, and then appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll.

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Fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, Seattle is a bit warmer than Friday Harbor - with highs of 78°F and lows of 60°F. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

LeMay - America's Car Museum, Point No Point Lighthouse, Snoqualmie Falls
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LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls
Point No Point Lighthouse ©
Point No Point Lighthouse

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