8 days in Washington State Itinerary

8 days in Washington State Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Seattle
— 2 nights
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
3
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
4
Tacoma
— 2 nights

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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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, walk around Olympic Sculpture Park, and meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Seattle online vacation planner.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Seattle. In September, Seattle is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, and then get outside with Reflection Lakes.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park travel route builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mount Rainier National Park when traveling from Seattle in September, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Reflection Lakes ©
Reflection Lakes

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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 27th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park and then take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park visit site.

Traveling by flight from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus. In September, daytime highs in Olympic National Park are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Tacoma.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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Tacoma

Tacoma ©
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Washington State History Museum, then explore the world behind art at Tacoma Art Museum, then meet the residents at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and finally head outdoors with Gig Harbor Fly Shop.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tacoma journey planner.

Getting from Olympic National Park to Tacoma by bus takes about 3 hours. September in Tacoma sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Tacoma

Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gig Harbor Fly Shop
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:
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Washington State History Museum ©
Washington State History Museum
Gig Harbor Fly Shop ©
Gig Harbor Fly Shop
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium ©
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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