My family (Myself, wife, daughter age 8, son age 6) are planning on spending a week in Washington July 24-July 31. Currently my itinerary looks like this:
Sun - Ferry to Victoria - Whale watching - Return to port angeles and drive to LaPush and stay at Quileute Oceanside resort. If time hike on beach that evening (Sunset is not until almost 9 pm)
Mon - Hike around Hoh River (we considered a rafting trip but I think it may be a little cold for the kids) in morning and then spend time at Rialto beach/second beach etc... in afternoon evening.
Tues - Leave for long drive to Mt. Ranier in am but plan on stopping to hike around Hurricane Ridge on the way. It sounds like a beautiful spot and it would break up the drive a little. Plan on staying at the Paradise Inn that night.
Wed-Thursday: Hike around Mt. Ranier National Park. Leave Thursday late afternoon and drive back to Seattle. Possibly go to Space Needle that evening.
Friday - Spend time in Seattle. I am planning on taking them to the museum of flight but have not decided on other activities.
Saturday - fly out at 1:30 pm.
We love to hike although with the kids we can't do extremely long ones. I appreciate any advice but have two main questions.
First - given the long drive to mount Rainier is there some change to the itinerary that may break that up some. I thought about trying to do the beaches and hoh river in the morning on Monday and then heading and going to hurricane ridge in the late afternoon before driving part of the way to Mt. Rainier. I was not sure if that gave us enough time in the west end and also did not have a great place that was worth stopping on the way down. I don't want the trip to be anymore rushed than necessary so it seemed taking a couple days at La Push would give us a nice break.
That leads into my second question - Is it even worth going to Hurricane ridge given that we are heading to Mt. Rainier? There seems to be so many places to hike around at Mr. Rainier that I am debating just going straight there Tuesday morning. We would get in by lunch time and would have the afternoon to hike around some there.
Any thoughts would be helpful. I really just need about three weeks to see everything :).