My family (with 2 kids ages 11 & 13) is planning a trip to Seattle/Vancouver & Victoria for Spring Break in about a month or so.
We will be flying into Seattle airport, renting a car for 5 days & flying back out from Seattle. I would love your feedback on this itinerary & if it is "do-able" time wise. Our main goal is to focus on nature and see the "main sights" or highlights of Vancouver. We hope to plan many repeat trips in the future, Since we will be visiting at the height of spring, we want to make sure we see lots of flowers/nature.
The kids also love to see aquariums/museums, so its been tough figuring out the itinerary. I am especially confused about time taken to get from Seattle to Vancouver to Victoria. Which order should I be planning to visit these cities?
Here is my current planned itinerary:
Day 1: (Saturday)
Arrival in Seattle on Saturday morning at 9am.
Pick up rental car
Drive to the Skagit Tulip Festival route & see fields of Tulips.
(Husband is a photographer, so we may have to spend a few hours here!)
Cross the border & drive to Vancouver.
Check in to hotel & relax in the evening - dinner. Walk around downtown.
Day 2: (Sunday)
Day 3: (Monday)
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Grouse Mountain OR Museum of Anthropology/Aquarium? (Should I skip Grouse mountain? We are not planning on hiking or any adventure sports.)
Return to Gastown for dinner
Day 4: (Tuesday)
Leave Vancouver early morning & drive/take ferry to Victoria.
See Butchart Gardens
Explore Victoria in the evening.
Day 5: (Wednesday)
Check out sometime during the day.
Go back to Seattle.
Need to head back to airport by late evening.
What do you all think of this itinerary? Your input is much appreciated!