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Stay : Washington State, between sea and mountains

With the exception of vibrant Seattle, Washington State is an all-nature destination. Mountain enthusiasts can tackle the mythical St. Helens and Rainier Mountains, while surfing fans can enjoy the shores of Long Beach or the beaches of San Juan Island. Contemplators can enjoy the raw beauty of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Detail of the stay : Washington State, between sea and mountains - 19 days

  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Port Angeles
  • Seattle
  • Sequim
  • Port Townsend
  • Bainbridge Island
  • Lake Quinault
  • Lake Quinault
  • Lake Quinault
  • Lake Crescent
  • Ilwaco
  • Ilwaco
  • Long Beach
  • Tacoma
  • Tacoma
  • Tacoma
  • Tacoma
  • Yakima
  • Leavenworth
  • Leavenworth
  • North Cascades National Park
  • San Juan Island
  • Anacortes
  • Port Townsend
  • Port Townsend
  • San Juan Island
  • San Juan Island
  • San Juan Island
  • Orcas Island
  • Seattle
  • Orcas Island
  • Anacortes
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
  • Seattle
Day 1: Arrival in Seattle

Steps: Seattle

You arrive in Seattle late in the day. Check into a downtown hotel and, if you're not too tired, go out for dinner to get a feel for the city.

Day 2: The must-visits of Seattle

Steps: Seattle

Start your stay by visiting Downtown and the underground in the Seattle Art Museum. Lunch on the seafront, in Pike Place Market, then visit the . Other attractions are available on the seafront. Spend the evening in downtown in one of the city's excellent restaurants. 

Day 3: Olympic Peninsula, Port Townsend and Sequim

Steps: Port Angeles, Seattle, Sequim, Port Townsend, Bainbridge Island

Take the ferry from Seattle to Port Townsend to join the Olympic peninsula. Once on the spot, do not hesitate to explore the beautiful historic centre of Port Townsend boasting Victorian houses. In the afternoon, go to Sequim to visit a lavender farm, then to Port Angeles in the evening.

Day 4: Olympic Peninsula, in the heart of the forest

Steps: Lake Quinault, Lake Crescent

This day is devoted to the discovery of Lake Crescent and Lake Quinault.

Places of interest :
: RAIN FOREST TRAIL LOOP
Day 5: Heading on Long Beach, seaside peninsula

Steps: Ilwaco, Long Beach

Go to the south-west tip of the state by following the coast, in order to reach the Long Beach peninsula. As a seaside destination par excellence, it reserves several attractions including the Long Beach.

Places of interest :
: CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT STATE PARK
Day 6: Mount St Helens, on the shores of the Columbia River

Departure to Mount St Helens Volcano, following the road along the shore of the Columbia River. Full visit of the site. Night in Longview.

Day 7: Tacoma, the city of glass

Steps: Tacoma

In the morning, travel from Animorphic to Eatonville to visit the Trek Wildlife Park. You will join Tacoma for lunch. The afternoon is dedicated to the visit of the Museum of Glass and to the discovery of the small town centre. Night in Tacoma.

Places of interest :
: MUSEUM OF GLASS
Day 8: Mount Rainier, the lord of Washington

Steps: Tacoma

Leave Tacoma to go to the mythical Mount Rainier and enjoy its numerous hikes walks. In the winter, a snowshoe ride is ideal. Sleep at the foot of Mount Rainier, in lodge or a camping tent.

Day 9: Hiking in Mount Rainier

A second day is devoted to discover this beautiful mountain following one of its many trails. 

Day 10: Yakima, land of vineyards

Steps: Yakima

Continue to the east to explore Yakima and its vineyards. You can make a guided tour and enjoy some good wines, or simply enjoy the countryside and its pleasant climate.

Day 11: Leavenworth and Bavarian culture

Steps: Leavenworth

Change the mood dramatically by joining Leavenworth and its Bavarian atmosphere. Learn how this small town became the beer capital of Washington State and enjoy an overnight stay in a cozy B&B.

Day 12: Winthrop, the entrance to the Far West

Steps: Leavenworth

Leave Leavenworth in the morning and reach Winthrop (2 hours' drive) to the north to discover a true Far West atmosphere. Lunch in a saloon and do some typical shopping.

Day 13: National Park North Cascades

Steps: North Cascades National Park

Departing from Winthrop, you can reach . There are several hiking trails in park, which you can choose according your level. The whole day can be spent picnicking on the spot. Night in lodge or in a camping pitch.

Day 14: San Juan Island

Steps: San Juan Island, Anacortes

You will then need a half-day to reach Anacortes towards the west and take the ferry for San Juan Island. The walk offers a beautiful panorama between the islands and the coast of Washington State. You will arrive in time for dinner at one of the Friday Harbor's restaurants.

Day 15: Whale watching around San Juan Island

Steps: Port Townsend, San Juan Island

San Juan Island offers a great number of activities to spend a good time. Whale watching and killer whales are the most popular. We go on board a small boat and we leave for the the in search of large mammals. The charming village of Friday Harbor also offers a pleasant shopping walk.

Places of interest :
: PUGET SOUND EXPRESS
Day 16: Discovery by bicycle or windsurfing of San Juan Island

Steps: San Juan Island

Other activity, cycling is an ideal for travelling across the island. And then all water sports, windsurfing, diving, etc. A seaside resort atmosphere prevails on San Juan Island.

Day 17: Orcas Island

Steps: San Juan Island, Orcas Island

From San Juan, you can easily travel by ferry to Orcas Island. The island is more authentic than San Juan Island and those looking for calm will be happy. Don't miss its beautiful views and art galleries. You will spend one night on the spot to enjoy it.

Day 18: Return to Seattle

Steps: Seattle, Orcas Island, Anacortes

This day is dedicated to the transfer to Seattle. After having enjoyed the morning on Seattle. 

Day 19: Visit of Seattle Center

Steps: Seattle

Go to Seattle Center where a large number of Seattle attractions are grouped: the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center, . You can easily spent all day there.

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