United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Quick Weekend in Seattle/San Juans/North Cascades/Mount Rainier

Jump to last reply

My wife and I will be in Seattle and Olympic NP the third week of July. Wife teaches, daugher will be in first year of College, and school schedules prevent us from going together.

My daughter and I will be in Seattle/San Juan Islands/ North Cascades and Mount Rainier on the 2nd weekend of August. I am happy with my itenerary for my wife, but feel that my segment with our daughter might be trying to cram to much in.

Daugher and I will fly in late flight on a Thurs.

Fri-
Thinking of spending a couple of hours at Pike Market. My wife and I will have done this a couple of weeks earlier, but I won't our daughter to see it too.
I would like to take Ferry over to Friday Harbor and do the Orca Whale Watch Tour from 3:00-6:00 with www.orcawhalewatch.com. Will do the zodiac tour on the smaller raft.
What time should I leave Pike Market in order to catch the ferry and get to my tour on time? I assume that I won't take my car on the ferry? Should I purchase tickets in advance for the ferry, if thats even possible? Then I wanted to Ferry and spend the night in Burlington or Marblemount.

Sat-
Up early and hike Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm in North Cascades NP. I am worried about finding a spot to park at on the trailhead. I imagine we will arrive at trailhead around 7:00AM and the hike will take us 5-8 hours to complete. We can stop at the pass or continue on the Sahale Arm. Anyone done this hike? I would then like to drive to Mount Rainier, stopping in route and having dinner in Seattle?
Have reservations for two nights at Paradise Inn.

Sun-Mount Rainier
Do I want to hike the Skyline Trail to Panorama Point or Comet Falls/Van Trump Park?
I am even considering one early in the morning and the other one in the afternoon.
I am also considering Brunch at Paradise Inn. Do I want consider driving over to Sunrise area.

Mon-Mount Rainier.
I could save Comet Falls and do it this day. Is Reflection Lake good at sunrise? Should I consider driving to Snoqualmnie Falls on the way back to the airport?
Airplane Departs @ 3:20, so we will probably need to be to the airport by 1:30 or so.

In addition, that Sat and Sun nights is supposed to be a good year for viewing the Persied Meteor Shower event. I am debating on staying up late or getting up early and trying to catch that.

I think I'm trying to do to much on Friday and Saturday. I really would like to do the whale watch tour, Cascade Pass hike, and a couple of hours at Pike Market. I am a bit undecided on what all I want to do at Rainier.

About the only thing that is set in stone is the fact that I have Paradise Inn reservations for Sat and Sun nights. I doubt I could get a different day very easily. The rest I have could change/revise though. We did a humpback whale watching in Alaska, so I suspect that the whale watch might be the thing to cut. Plus, the ferry and getting there takes up some time.

Open for suggestions.

3 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Mexico
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 24, 14 at 12:19 PM
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 moving to florida
  2. 2 Chicago coffee shop/breakfast
  3. 3 Seatle in September 19-22, Where to stay? Avg prices?
  4. 4 Hotel near Miami airport
  5. 5 Maui - Kaanapali shuttle/trolley
  6. 6 3 days road trip from Boston to Arcadia National park
  7. 7 Lighting for photos at Mt Ranier
  8. 8 3 days, 4 nights in Denver
  9. 9 Driving Moab to Bryce Canyon
  10. 10 Atascadero -> Pacific Grove -> San Francisco
  11. 11 Hearst Castle - Is the Grand Rooms tour really the best for first timers?
  12. 12 Road Trip SW
  13. 13 Fall vacation in Colorado
  14. 14 Philly
  15. 15 Fancy car rental - LA to Vegas!
  16. 16 Chelsea Antiques Garage flea market -- RIP
  17. 17 Nice Houston area spa for mother-daughter
  18. 18 Seattle, Portland, and day trips all around
  19. 19 Zion Narrows - Relatively Easy / Suitable for Older Folks?
  20. 20 Another Southwest Airlines Early Bird Question
  21. 21 Pub with food in Seattle
  22. 22 Trip Report In just five days: Grand Teton and Yellowstone NPs
  23. 23 Best Seattle Casual and Fun Eateries...
  24. 24 Suite hotel in Washington DC: where to stay?
  25. 25 Boston to Chicago drive (things to do)
View next 25 » Back to the top