My husband and I were originally making a quick visit to ONP this summer in connection with an Alaska cruise leaving from Seattle. However, we are now no longer cruising. We will be flying in/out Seattle July 8th - July 15th. We arrive on the 8th at 10:30am, so I am counting this day for sight-seeing. We are staying at Lake Crescent Lodge the 10th and 11th. We are staying at Lake Quinault 12th and 13th. Our plan is to enjoy moderate hikes, beaches, and canoeing during this time. We have no other lodging reservations. We are very open to recommendations regarding ONP as well as WA in general. Should we enjoy Seattle both the 8th and the 9th or should we go to Mt. Rainier? Is there a 3rd option equally as appealing that I haven't explored yet? We love national parks and cities both. I love all opportunities to see wildlife, but I don't get the impression this trip will be like Yellowstone or Glacier on the wildlife front. Any recommendations for improving chances of seeing big beasts? We are used to buying bear spray for our WY/MT trips. I get the sense that we don't need bear spray for ONP....do you disagree?
I have had many great experiences thanks to the advise of Trip Advisor experts. I look forward to your feedback. Thanks much!