Hi all...I have found this forum so useful and full of information about all things PNW. :)
Many thanks to all of you.
We are a family of 4 ( 2adu, 9yo and 3yo) travelling to Seattle next week for a wedding and decided to make a vacation out of it.
After reading everyones comments and helpful hints, I have compiled the following itinerary ( also keeping in mind that friends and family events are fixed time). I have booked hotels, air, reserved ferries and really looking forward to meeting family and friends. Only thing left to do is reservation for High tea in Victoria. :)
Here is the plan...hope it will help someone plan a similar trip.
Friday from DFW
Evening Fly into Seattle
Overnight with family
Morning Pike Place Market/Morning with family
Afternoon Drive to Portland
Late Afternoon Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway:(Multnomah falls, Bridge of the Gods)
Morning Pearl district - Historic + Shopping / Opt. Council Crest, Riverside
Afternoon wine tasting or Micro-breweries
Evening Drive back to Seattle
Morning Monorail to Seattle Center/Space needle
Afternoon 11:00am Drive to Vancouver
Stanley Park (shuttle ride round inside) - Prospect Point/Totem Poles
Miniature Train ride
Seawall walk, English Bay
Evening Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre - upto 7:00 pm
Late Evening Robson St/Denman St
Overnight Vancouver - Westin Bayshore
Morning Capillano Suspension bridge
Afternoon Grouse Mountain
optional Burnaby village if possible
Canada Place (opt IMAX) - check showtimes.
opt Downtown/Dbl decker ride
opt Science World (has OMNIMAX)
Morning Granville Island (aquabus)
Afternoon Drive to Tswwassen - 2:00pm Ferry to Victoria (reserved)
Evening Butchard Gardens
Overnight Victoria - Queen Victoria Hotel
Morning Craigdarroch Castle
Morning Beacon Hill Park - Views, Cricket, Petting zoo, water feature.
Afternoon Miniature World/Empress hotel
Inner Harbour and streets
Optional Royal BC Museum (depending on kids moods)
Late Afternoon Scenic Marine Drive to Oak Bay, High Tea
Evening Inner Harbour Evening
Govt St Tourist Shops
Night Lights at Parliament bldg
Overnight Victoria - QV Hotel
Morning Ferry to Port Angeles (Reserved).
Afternoon Drive Olympic National Park and Hurricane Ridge
Evening Drive back to Seattle (Via Bainbridge Island ferry)
Wedding in the family - all day event
Drive to Mt Rainier - Day trip (no details planned yet)
Morning Children's Museum
Afternoon Chittenden Locks
Evening Fly back to DFW
I know it's hectic and we are quite willing to go with the flow as far as the kids are concerned. We have a car ( borrowed ) for the duration. I'd love to hear your comments.