My family is starting to plan our trip to WA for late July 2014. There will be five of us, including three children ages 8-11. My husband and I did live in Seattle for a couple of years but it has been almost 15 years since we've been back.
We are just starting to plan out our route and I'd love to get feedback on our first thoughts. We want to concentrate on the National Parks, with a few days in Seattle as well. We are hoping to do a lot of hiking, but probably will keep most of the the hikes to about 3 miles or less. We are most unfamiliar with ONP, as we never made it past Hurricane Ridge. I know that there is a lot of driving and I'm not sure how much time to plan for other parts of that park. (You can see that I'm fuzzy about what to do when there!)
Here are our first thoughts:
Day 1: Arrive late in the day (7 pm??) from the east coast, stay in hotel near airport?
Day 2: Drive to Mt. Rainier, spend day exploring, overnight at hotel near Rainier
Day 3: Second day at Mt. Rainier, overnight at hotel near Rainier.
Day 4: Leave Mt. Rainier area early and drive to Mt St Helens. Overnight either near Mt. St. Helens or drive part of the way towards next destination
Day 5: Olympic National Park, overnight Lake Quinault area??
Day 6: Olympic National Park, overnight Lake Crescent area?
Day 7: Hurricane Ridge, overnight Port Angeles
Day 8: Dungeness Spit, ferry, Boeing tour (too much?), overnight in Seattle
Day 9: Seattle
Day 10: Seattle
Day 11: depart airport early afternoon
Do you think this plan is reasonable? Too aggressive? We'd love to add in the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, North Cascades, etc. but I don't think we have nearly enough time to do so. We want to ensure we have enough time to really enjoy the days we have planned.
Thank you in advance for any feedback!