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Hi, my family (2 adults, 2 late-teenagers) will be visiting the pacific northwest the first week of August. We arrive in Seattle 7/31 and depart from there 8/8. We are more the outdoorsy type than city dwellers, and like to hike and in general enjoy the wilderness, but we also are planning to have some city time in Seattle and Vancouver.

I have drafted a temporary itinerary, and I could use some locals expertise (or anyone who has done a similar trip, for that matter). I have most of the stuff picked out that I would like to do in the cities the days we are there, so the days in between are what I am most concerned about. Any advice in general or suggestions how to improve the itinerary are tremendously appreciated. We will have a rental car the entire trip.

--OPTION 1--

7/31 - ARRIVE – Seattle (12:30pm)
Check into hotel
Free day in the city

8/1 – Seattle

8/2
In the morning, drive to Lake Crescent Lodge near Olympic National Park via Tacoma (3 hrs)
Hike Hurricane Ridge (Hurricane Hill, 3.2 mile moderate hike)
Paddle Lake Crescent?
Marymere Falls short hike near, old-growth forest, to a waterfall

8/3
Drive to Rialto Beach, walk along beach. Visit the town of La Push? Second Beach just south of La Push, very short hike to get to
Drive over to Hoh Rain Forest, 2 short hikes Hall of Mosses Trail (.8 miles), and the Spruce Nature Trail (1.2 miles)
Drive back to hotel

8/4
Leave Lake Crescent Lodge
Stop in Port Townsend before the ferry ride. Charming town
Take ferry to Coupleville. Explore Coupeville for a bit.
Drive north towards Anacortes. Stop by Deception Pass and enjoy the beautiful view
Slight detour south to LaConner?
Go north on Chuckanut Drive (Hwy 11) towards Bellingham. Hwy 5 rest of way to Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver late in the day

8/5 - Vancouver

8/6 – Vancouver or Whistler depending on weather

8/7 – Whistler or Vancouver depending on weather

8/8 – Drive to Airport. Go home



--OPTION 2--

7/31 - ARRIVE – Seattle (12:30pm)
Check into hotel
Free day in the city

8/1 – Seattle

8/2
In the morning, drive to Lake Crescent Lodge near Olympic National Park via Tacoma (3 hrs)
Hike Hurricane Ridge (Hurricane Hill, 3.2 mile moderate hike)
Paddle Lake Crescent?
Marymere Falls short hike near, old-growth forest, to a waterfall

8/3
Drive to Rialto Beach, walk along beach. Visit the town of La Push? Second Beach just south of La Push, very short hike to get to
Drive over to Hoh Rain Forest, 2 short hikes Hall of Mosses Trail (.8 miles), and the Spruce Nature Trail (1.2 miles)
Drive back to hotel

8/4
Leave Lake Crescent Lodge
Ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. Spend the day in Victoria

8/5 – Victoria and nearby area on Vancouver Island. Take a ferry to Vancouver in the late afternoon

8/6 – Vancouver

8/7 – Vancouver

8/8 – Drive to Airport



I really am unsure which is best for us, Whistler and the scenic drive to Vancouver, or 2 days and 1 night in Victoria. I feel like the first option may have too much driving sight-seeing (Chuckanut Drive and the Sea to Sky Hwy to Whistler, which is the main reason we would take the day trip) while the second option may not have enough (for example missing out on Deception Pass, etc).

We are not fans of typical touristy stuff, which is why we were turned off Victoria in the first place, but seeing pictures of the gardens makes me rethink that position. What else is there to do in Victoria and nearby on Vancouver Island anyways? And if we went option 2, is the scenery on Vancouver Island too similar to the Olympic NP?


Thank you very much for any wisdom or expertise!

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