Heading out to Washington the first two weeks of August. We're flying to Portland because it was a lot cheaper (non-stop) than Seattle, plus we did not get to see the city on our trip to Oregon two years ago because of a rental car issue.
I want to make sure my time is allocated in terms of driving and getting to see the three national parks in Washington. Obviously I'm willing to tweak this itinerary. For example, I put Olympic last because that's the only time the Lake Crescent Lodge is available.
We're in our early 50's and enjoy hiking and the outdoors. We have visited many national parks in the west and this trip has been on my bucket list. We also like checking out big cities, but don't need to spend a lot of time there.
We did visit Mt Saint Helens 2 years ago and it was remarkable.
Night 1: Portland (late flight)
Nights 2-3: Mt Rainier
Nights 3-5: Cascades Loop
Nights 6-7: Vancouver
Night 8-9: Seattle (day trip to Whidbey?)
Nights 10-13: Olympic NP
Night 14: Portland