9 days in Washington State Itinerary

9 days in Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Washington State planner

Make it your trip
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Seattle
— 1 night
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
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Port Townsend
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Seattle

— 1 night

Emerald City

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 17th (Sat), walk around Kerry Park, kick back and relax at Idylwood Beach Park, deepen your understanding at University of Washington, take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park Arboretum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory, and finally browse the collection at Seattle Public Library.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip maker website.

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Seattle is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in April; daily highs in Seattle reach 61°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): head outdoors with Discover Nature. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): trek along High Rock Trail, then delve into the lush surroundings at Gifford Pinchot National Forest, then head outdoors with Reflection Lakes, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Myrtle Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park holiday planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park. Traveling from Seattle in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Olympic National Park

— 2 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Escape the urban bustle at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Hoh River Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ruby Beach and Murhut Falls. Change things up with a short trip to Pacific Beach State Park in Pacific Beach (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: hike along Second Beach Trail, explore the activities along Lena Lakes, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinault River-Pony Bridge Day Hike.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park road trip app.

Explore your travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park with the Route module. In April, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Port Townsend.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Port Townsend

— 1 night
Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Port Townsend trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Port Townsend. In April in Port Townsend, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Port Townsend

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Sunset Hill Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, ponder the design of Seattle Center, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seattle road trip app.

You can drive from Port Townsend to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.