Today I’m sharing photos from our trip out to the Pacific Northwest, as well as our trip planner to help you if you’re planning a trip!
Here was our plan:
Day 1: Arrive in Seattle, site see
Day 2: Spend AM in Seattle, Visit Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (this is a seasonal event in April), then head to Orcas Island (we had to reserve a ferry in advance)
Day 3: Spend day in Orcas Island
Day 4: Travel Day to Olympic National Park (Port Angeles base)
Day 5: Explore Olympic National Park (Port Angeles base) Hurricane Ridge (weather permitting), Spruce Railroad Trail (Lake Crescent), Sol Duc Falls
Day 6: Explore Olympic National Park (Hoh Rain Forest base) Hoh Rain Forest, Hall of Mosses Trail, 2nd Beach, Rialto Beach
Day 7: Explore Olympic National Park (Lake Quinault base) Head back towards Seattle
Day 8: Leave Seattle
Olympic National Park is a huge park and I would highly suggest you take a look at a map and see what spots you want to hit. We traveled counter clockwise starting in Port Angeles. We explored that area and then headed to Hoh Rain Forest and stayed there a night. Finally we stopped in Lake Quinault for a night before heading back to Seattle. If you are interested in lodging suggestions just email me.
Also note that it will rain! The ideal time for traveling to this area is in the summer, however there are larger crowds and it will be more difficult to secure lodging. April can be hit or miss. We did encounter rain, but only had one day that was a total washout.
Now on to the photos!
Day 1: Seattle Your time in Seattle would not be complete without a visit to Pike Place Market and the very first Starbucks store!
There is plenty to explore and see in downtown Seattle. We walked around town and visited shops, took the monorail to the Children’s Museum and Space Needle and much more! There are great guides online for helping to plan you trip depending on how many days you have. Another cool spot was the first Amazon Go store where you download an app, go in and shop and just walk out – no checkout lines!
Day 2: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – we were lucky that our trip occurred during this month long festival. We visited RoozenGaarde during the peak of the Daffodil blooms. The tulips were just starting to bloom as well. A tip if you do visit: wear rubber boots! Remember how I mentioned it rains a lot? Well that’s great for the blooms but leaves a muddy field.
Day 3: Orcas Island
This was a neat island! It is part of the San Juan Islands and just a quick ferry ride from Anacortes, WA. We stayed at a cool hotel called the Overlook Inn. While there we visited Moran State park. We went up Mount Constitution which is 2,398 elevation – it was snowing! That’s another tip, pack layers! Luckily we had packed boots, gloves and hats. We also hiked a bit and checked out Cascade Falls!
Day 4: Off to Olympic National Park – we arrived late in the day after multiple ferry rides so we just checked out The Spruce Railroad Trail. It smelled amazing there! This was a very easy hike around Crescent Lake. Tip: visit the Olympic national Park website for road closure information. While we were there they had 4 hour delays on some highways which we were able to avoid!
Day 5: Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, Rialto Beach, 2nd Beach – my favorite day of the trip!
This was the nicest day of the entire trip. It was sunny and perfect weather. We started atop Hurricane Ridge which has an elevation of 5,242 ft and there was a ton of snow!
We then moved on and stopped along Lake Crescent to eat lunch.
2nd Beach – very cool tide pools! Although we had started our day in snow gear, by the time we got to Second Beach we were down to short sleeves! You have to hike a trail and then climb over piles of large driftwood logs to access. There are really cool tide pools so there so make sure you go at low tide! The kids loved them!
Rialto Beach – nicknamed “photographer’s beach” – has a lot of cool logs and branches along the coast!
Hoh Rain Forest + Hall of Mosses Trail – we stayed the night directly in the Rain Forest and it was such a cool cabin! You really felt like you were in the middle of nowhere, but we were 20 minutes from Forks – any Twilight fans out there??
Day 6 – Lake Quinault – Rain out! We stayed at the Lake Quinault Lodge, which is where President Franklin D Roosevelt visited before he supported the creation of the Olympic National Forest. It is a cool, old, rustic lodge and close to a lot of sites, however it poured all day! One of the only photos from the day:
Following Lake Quinault, we just headed back to Seattle and did a bit more exploring before heading home. I hope this post was helpful if you are planing a trip to the Pacific Northwest! Here are a few planning links that I found helpful:
A helpful for planning Olympic National Park stops depending on how many days you have:
Olympic National Park Website:
Tripadvisor Washington State: