12 days in Washington State Itinerary

12 days in Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Washington State visit planner

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Tacoma
— 3 nights
Drive
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Olympia
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vashon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gig Harbor
— 3 nights
Drive

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Tacoma

— 3 nights
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. You've added Pacific Parasail, Pretty Gritty Tours, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Finnriver Farm & Cidery and U.S. Naval Undersea Museum. Explore hidden gems such as LeMay Collections at Marymount and Narada Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tacoma: Chimacum Corner Farmstand (in Chimacum), Northwest Carriage Museum (in Raymond) and Grays Harbor Lighthouse (in Westport).

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tacoma road trip planning website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Tacoma. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Tacoma

Nightlife · Museums · Fun & Games · Tours

Side Trips

Olympia

— 3 nights
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Your day by day itinerary now includes Governor's Mansion Tour. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Westport Viewing Tower, kick back and relax at Grayland Beach State Park, and then catch all the local highlights with Governor's Mansion Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Childhood's End Gallery, stroll around Heritage Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, then brush up on your military savvy at Veterans Memorial Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Chehalis Centralia Railroad & Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Olympia journey planner.

Drive from Tacoma to Olympia in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tacoma in December, Olympia is little chillier at night with lows of 32°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Vashon.

Things to do in Olympia

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Vashon

— 2 nights
Your day by day itinerary now includes Palouse Winery. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): do a tasting at Palouse Winery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Vashon online visit planner.

Drive from Olympia to Vashon in 1.5 hours. January in Vashon sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 37°F at night. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Gig Harbor.

Things to do in Vashon

Wineries
Highlights from your trip

Gig Harbor

— 3 nights
Gig Harbor is the name of both a bay on Puget Sound and a city on its shore in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Heritage Distilling Company. On the 5th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Kopachuck State Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, then do a tasting at Eagle Harbor Wine Co. Tasting Room, and finally do a tasting at Perennial Vintners. On the next day, examine the collection at Veterans Living History Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Heritage Distilling Company, then take a peaceful walk through McCormick Forest, and finally head outdoors with Gig Harbor Fly Shop.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gig Harbor online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Vashon to Gig Harbor in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 37°F. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Gig Harbor

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Washington State travel guide

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Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.