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ONP-San Juan Islds or Victoria-Seattle - what's best itinerary for 8 days?

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My sister and I have 8 full days (fly in late Wed Sept 3, fly out early Fri Sept 12) and are torn between two itineraries, and whether we are "doing" ONP "correctly" and whether we should just kick back in Seattle after ONP, or if we should visit either Victoria/Vancouver Island, or the San Juan Islands instead of Seattle sighseeing. Any insight and suggestions will be appreciated! We are confused and making ourselves crazy over all the options!! As it stands now, this is our itinerary:

WED SEP 3
Arrive late sleep airport hotel

THURS 4
Light rail to downtown Seattle & pick up rental car
Ferry to Bainbridge Island, drive to ONP
Stay at Cabins at Beaver Creek (Rixon Rd in Beaver)

FRI 5
Hike Hurricane Ridge
Stay at Cabins

SAT 6
Madison Falls, Crescent Lake, Ruby Beach
Stay at Cabins

SUN 7
Hoh Rain Forest
Drive back, take ferry at dusk to Seattle

MON 8 - Thurs 11
Seattle, maybe a day trip (Clipper to San Juans?)

FRI 12
Fly home early morn

1 - Are we making a mistake spending 3 nights at same lodging in ONP? Will his mean too much driving back and forth, given that we want to see hurricane ridge, hoh rainforest, ruby beach, crescent lake? Are we better off spending our first ONP night in Port Angeles? We were thinking that by staying in the same place all 3 nights we could pick the clearest day to hike Hurricane Ridge, but maybe we're off-base.

2 - we don't want to run ourselves ragged, we do want to just "be" somewhere and explore without traveling somewhere new every day and we don't want to spend too much time driving and waiting for ferries so we thought it best to just go back to Seattle after ONP, but it seems a shame to miss the islands and given that I live in a city (NYC), as much as I’d love to explore Seattle, maybe we DO have enough time remaining to see island(s) without running ourselves ragged. Does the following adjustment to our itinerary seem realistic?

SUN 7
Hoh Rain Forest,
Drive to Port Townsend and stay the night

MON 8
Early ferry to Whidbey Island. Drive to Anacortes ferry to San Juan Isld
Stay xyz?

TUES 9
Orcas kayak/whale watch or Lopez bike ride
Stay xyz?

WED 10
ferry back to Anacortes
Drive to Seattle, turn in car
Dinner on waterfront

THURS 11
Pike market & coffee
Explore city

FRI 12
Fly home

A third Itinerary would be Vancouver Island instead of the San Juans if that is less hassle from/after ONP.

Thank you in advance, we are overwhelmed trying to figure this out, never having been to the Pacific NW!!

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