I started another thread asking for suggestions on where to stay, but I thought I'd broach a whole new topic and ask for your suggestions on things to do. I imagine this will also help us narrow down where we want to stay.
I will need to spend a few hours one morning in Kent and a few hours another morning in Seattle for work. The rest of the week will be vacation time for me, my husband and our two children - ages 9 and 13. We're really not much into the city, but of course would like to the kids to see the obligatory tourist spots. I'm hoping to only spend one day in the city - possibly even the day I have to work in the morning.
We're hoping to ultimately find a nice vacation rental within an hour or so of the airport ideally along the water. That being said, what day trips/activities would you plan on? I've been thinking we'll probably take the kids to Mt. Rainier for a day. Should we put Olympic National Park on our list? I don't know that the kids would be into a lot of hiking just for the sake of hiking. Thoughts on doing both Mt. Rainier and ONP - or in the interst of time should we just choose one? If so, what would be your preference?
Where would be the closest whale watching opportunity? Is August a good time for that?
I definitely want to have at least a few days to just relax, so I don't want to plan a long day trip each day of our week.
Thanks for any and all suggestions!!