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One night - Seattle/Washington State

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One night - Seattle/Washington State

Hi,

Hope someone can help.

After spending three nights in Seattle, followed by three nights in Vancouver BC, we will be driving down to Portland in Oregon. We would like to spend one night in the Seattle/West Washington area - ideally within three to four hours drive of Vancouver BC.

Would prefer something scenic. Have looked at the Mt Rainier NP area and that looks as if it may fit the bill. Are there any other areas worth considering?

Cheers.

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1. Re: One night - Seattle/Washington State

Mt Rainier, staying ideally at Paradise Inn or the National Park Inn at Longmire if you can get a reservation, would be great (you can also stay in the town of Ashford, which isn't scenic in and of itself, but it's a good place to then drive into the national park).

Whidbey Island, which you can drive onto from the north, is another idea. Coupeville is a nice town; you can find more info on Whidbey on threads here. You'd ferry back to the mainland if you wanted to avoid backtracking.

If you're looking for something not too far from I-5, and really just a place to stay the night, La Conner is a nice town. If you had a little extra time you could visit Deception Pass State Park from there.

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2. Re: One night - Seattle/Washington State

All of Christy's suggestions are good ones, but few places in the NW can compare with a National Park like Rainier if you want scenic. Staying at a place like Paradise would be great, but for one night and then trying to get to Portland I think staying in Ashford makes a lot of sense. Check out Alexander's Country Inn. Nice place!

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3. Re: One night - Seattle/Washington State

Thank you both for your very helpful replies. Will certainly look at the other options you have suggested.

Really wish we had more time in the US. There is just so much to see.

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4. Re: One night - Seattle/Washington State

Following up on Christy's suggestion re: Whidbey Island, a beautiful way to continue south to Seattle, and worth about 3 or more hours (but remember, you are still heading south).

From Vancouver, drive I 5 south to State Route 20; turn west; follow signs to Whidbey Island (still on SR 20). Very scenic state parks (two to stop at, for example, Deception Pass and Fort Casey). Two little towns worth visiting/walking, Langley and Coupeville (if time limited, choose the former). Continue south to the frequent service Mukilteo ferry for a short ride to the mainland.

Whidbey Island has many features of the Pacific NW; this article includes key websites, tours, maps. tripadvisor.com/Travel-g58824-s2/Whidbey-Isl…

For a short hike on Whidbey Island, Ebey’s Landing State Park Dramatic, easy, trail, farmland to the east, Puget Sound and the Olympics to the west. http://tinyurl.com/3c8zrnc

You'll want to walk the Deception Pass Bridge.

At Fort Casey, take time to walk the bluff, perhaps to the lighthouse (or drive there), and see the old gun stations.

Edited: 04 July 2013, 14:42
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5. Re: One night - Seattle/Washington State

Unsure when you are visiting, but know that the ferry line can be backed up, so you might have to wait for one or two ferries. They depart every half hour for the short ride. Restrooms are available at the terminal, but be forewarned about the possible backups.

Here is the schedule, Clinton to Mukilteo: wsdot.com/ferries/…

And here is the table showing average traffic conditions (i.e., showing when to plan knowing day of week and time of departure): …wa.gov/ferries/traffic_stats/congestion/sum…

Edited: 04 July 2013, 14:49
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