9 days in Washington State Itinerary

9 days in Washington State Itinerary

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9 days in Washington State Itinerary

Miami
tram + Fly:  8​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
ferry + taxi:  2​h
Bellingham
— Few hours
Fly + tram:  11​h
Miami

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.
On the 23rd (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and then look for gifts at Chukar Cherries. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, don't miss a visit to Seattle Center, then make a trip to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then stroll through Snoqualmie Falls, and finally explore the activities along Green Lake Park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle route planning site

Miami to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Miami to Seattle. Traveling from Miami in December, expect Seattle to be cooler, temps between 47°F and 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ruby Beach and Quinault Big Spruce Tree. Get in touch with nature at Hurricane Ridge and Olympic Peninsula. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip planner

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Olympic National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Olympic Peninsula, Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then view the masterpieces at Island Studio. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, then head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, and finally see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor trip planner

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bellingham.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Pelindaba Lavender Farm

1
day
Bellingham

Bellingham ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Baker Ski Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Whatcom Falls Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bellingham trip itinerary planning site

Traveling by combination of ferry and taxi from Friday Harbor to Bellingham takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mt Baker Ski Area
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Whatcom Falls Park ©
Whatcom Falls Park
Mt Baker Ski Area ©
Mt Baker Ski Area

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