5 days in North Cascades Itinerary

5 days in North Cascades Itinerary

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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island
— 1 night
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Bellingham
— 2 nights
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North Cascades National Park
— 1 night
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Anacortes, Fidalgo Island — 1 night

Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): walk around Washington Park, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll around Causland Memorial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at SeaBear Wild Salmon, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Erie Park, then head outdoors with Catchmore Charters, and finally stroll around Cap Sante Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Anacortes trip maker tool.

Seattle to Anacortes is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Bellingham.
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Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Bellingham — 2 nights

City of Subdued Excitement

Perched at the northern end of Washington's Pacific coast, the mid-sized city of Bellingham serves as an important stopover on the road between Seattle and Vancouver.
On the 2nd (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours, then hike along Whatcom Falls Park, and then stroll around Lake Padden Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Chuckanut Bay Gallery & Sculpture Garden, then walk around Boulevard Park, then take a stroll through Fairhaven Historic District, and finally take a memorable drive along Chuckanut Drive.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bellingham travel planner.

You can drive from Anacortes to Bellingham in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. October in Bellingham sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to North Cascades National Park.
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North Cascades National Park — 1 night

North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Washington Pass, then take some stellar pictures from Diablo Lake Vista Point, and then take a memorable drive along N Cascades Hwy.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read North Cascades National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bellingham to North Cascades National Park takes 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in North Cascades National Park are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.
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