Family Trip Seattle and Surronding Area

Old May 16th, 2005, 03:31 PM
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Family Trip Seattle and Surronding Area

We will be traveling with 3 teenagers. What is a good itinerary? We want to see Seattle, Mnt. Ranier, Olympic National Park and Mnt St. Helens and whatever you reccommend.We will be in the area for ten days.July 1-11
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Of the many possible itineraries, one logical sequence would be: Seattle, Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Olympic National Park (dividing time between Lake Quinault Lodge and Crescent Lake Lodge), Victoria (walking on ferry at Port Angeles), Port Townsend, returning to Seattle via ferry from Bainbridge Island.
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With no idea of your budget, likes, dislikes, gender of your kids, tolerance of sitting in cars or staring at landscapes, this is a bit of a shot in the dark. But here goes:

July 1-4: Hang out around Seattle. The town will be packed over the long weekend, so if you don't have accommodation reserved already you may be faced with staying near the airport or some other non-central location. If you can, I'd recommend the Silver Cloud chain - www.silvercloud.com - for possible rooms at their Lake Union, Capitol Hill or University Village locations in Seattle, or the wonderful (but 30 min. drive) Silver Cloud built over the water next to the Mukilteo ferry dock.

On the night of the 4th if budget allows, book space on Argosy Cruises' bay, locks and Lake Union fireworks cruise - wonderful experience.

July 5: Mt. Rainier for the day, continue on to Yakima via US 12 for the night. The park ought to be relatively uncrowded on the day after the holiday weekend.

Jult 6: South on US 97 to Goldendale (via the Yakama Indian reservation) then stop at the Maryhill Museum above the Columbia for a blast of culture in the high desert. Continue down the Columbia (Washington side) to an overnight at Hood River (Oregon) - world HQ of windsurfing.

July 7: Down the Columbia via the "historic" Columbia Gorge Highway (Oregon side) with stops at Multnomah Falls and if time the Bonneville Hatchery to see monster Sturgeon in the fish ponds. Keep going past Portland (no time this trip) and aim for Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia for overnight.

July 8: North along US 101 (over the amazing mouth of the Columbia), stop at Lake Quinault, then on to the Hoh Valley rainforest center for a walk through the woods. If time permits, stop at one of the several beaches along the Olympic NP coastal strip as you make your way to Port Angeles overnight. Book ahead - this is a long day and you don't want to play motel roulette in PA in the peak of the visitor season.

July 9: Day trip to Victoria as mentioned by Happytrails.

July 10: Return to Seattle via Port Townsend ferry to Whidbey Island and Whidbey Island ferry to Mukilteo; past the biggest building in the world (Boeing 747 plant) then back to Seattle.

July 11: Home.

This misses Mt. St. Helens. If you must see it, then you ought to cut out the Yakima/Maryhill day and instead go from Mt. Rainier to Portland, spend one day visiting St. Helens, then a second day (with a Portland base) visiting the Columbia Gorge.

You are quite late in booking accommodation if you haven't yet. Get on it asap.
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That sounds good. How many days in each location? Should we just focus on Olympic, San Juan Islands, Port Townsend and Victoria. Should we stay in seattle more than 2 nights? Should we stay in Port Angeles or in the park?
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Julie,

I gather you have 10 nights. You should stay in ONP rather than in Port Angeles.

Here is one possibility: Seattle (2), Mt. Rainier (1), Mount St. Helens (1), Lake Quinault Lodge, ONP (1), Crescent Lake Lodge, ONP (2), Victoria (1), Port Townsend (1), returning to Seattle (1) via ferry from Bainbridge Island.

Your teenagers will love the ONP lodges, and they will meet other young people at them. Both lodges have good restaurants. Book dinner when you reserve rooms.

There are endless alternatives. For instance, after a night at Mt. Rainier, you could check out Mount St. Helens during the day and rather easily make it to Lake Quinault Lodge for the evening. Thus, you would have another night to spend at the lodge or elsewhere.

Happy Trails to You
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