My husband and I are coming with our 2 year old in mid-August. This is our itinerary for now - the only variable is that I don't have lodging booked yet (which is a bummer, as it appears many places are booked up, but I think I still have some options if I book this week).
We plan to spend 3 full days in Seattle & 2 full days in ONP, plus some travel days.
A few questions:
1) Does this itinerary look sensible? We're active people, but I will be 6 months pregnant and we do have a 2 year old. We have a sturdy stroller but no camping backpack or anything to carry her. I am trying not to squeeze too much in, but still want to see enough to make this trip worthwhile. Our daughter goes to bed quite early (6-7pm) so we don't have anything planned for the evenings... we'll likely go out for an early dinner each night with her, and then just relax in our hotel in the evenings.
2) The only part of our trip I'm not settled on is what to do on our day of travel between Seattle and Port Angeles. Our only real "goal" for that day is to get from Seattle to PA, which I think leaves some time to do some sightseeing along the way. Would it make sense to go from Seattle to Bainbridge Island to PA on a ferry, so we can experience being on a ferry/boat? Or would it be better to go by land through Port Townsend and explore PT a little? Is there another destination on the way that would be more fun?
3) As it stands right now, we have a free afternoon in the ONP area. (Hurricane Ridge that morning, Lake Crescent & Hoh Rain Forest the next day). Any ideas for what to do? We'd like to get back to PA for naptime at our hotel if possible, so we'd likely only have a 3 or so hours (3-6 pm ish). We are from coastal California, so while I am sure the Coastal/Tidepool areas are wonderful, for the sake of time we are not planning to visit those (I feel like that's the other typical ONP destination).
Thanks so much!!!
Saturday - travel day
Drive to Seattle from Boise area (8 hour drive)
Sunday - Seattle Day 1
Morning: Pike Place Market & first Starbucks & Seattle Waterfront
afternoon: toddler naps at hotel, husband to Boeing Future of Flight Tour
Monday - Seattle Day 2
Morning: Museum of Flight (all 3 of us)
afternoon nap: nap at hotel
Afternoon:Ballard Locks & Botanical Gardens (Surrey Rental?)
Tuesday - Seattle Day 3
Morning: Seattle Center - see space needle, probably visit Children's museum, might take monorail, view Chihuly Garden and Glass
afternoon Nap: nap at hotel
Afternoon:Central Public Library or Elliott Bay Book Company
Evening: (husband to Underground Tour?)
Wednesday - travel to PA from Seattle
Morning: final Seattle exploration OR ferry to Bainbridge Island OR stop in Port Townsend
drive to Port Angeles – 2.5 hour drive
Afternoon: explore & afternoon in Port Angeles - options
Salt Creek Recreation area (World War II fort converted)
Marine Life Center
Possibly ONP visitor center
Thursday - ONP Day 1
Morning: Olympic National Park – Hurricane Ridge (45 minutes from Port Angeles)
Afternoon: Olympic National Park - ANY SPECIFIC IDEAS OF WHERE TO GO?
Friday - ONP Day 2:
Morning: Olympic National Park – Lake Crescent (30 minutes from Port Angeles) - options
Paddle/rowboats (okay for Lydia?)
Sol Duc Falls or 7.5 mile round trip Spruce Railroad Trail
Spruce Railroad Trail???
Lunch: Lake Crescent Lodge dining room?? or picnic lunch
Nap: nap in car on the way to Hoh Rain Forest
Afternoon: Hoh Rain Forest (allow 2-3 hours back to Port Angeles) - options
Hall of Mosses Trail
Spruce Nature Trail??
Hike to Tom’s Creek
Saturday - travel PA to Leavenworth
Morning: drive Port Angeles to Leavenworth
Afternoon: explore Leavenworth
Evening: (one of us to play at Summer Theater?)
Sunday - travel back to Idaho
drive Leavenworth to Boise