Hello! We (2 adults, 2 seniors, and 2 kids age 7 and 4) are going to visit Seattle, Vancouver and the 3 national parks nearby from June 8-21. We had done some homework as listed below:
6/8/2014: Chicago -> Seattle (arrive at 1:55PM) Do some grocery shopping at Costco. Drive to Mt. Rainier hotel. We had booked one night at Copper Creek Lodge.
6/9/2014: Visit Mt. Rainier NP: Paradise trail. Plan to leave in the afternoon for Olympia to stay for the night.
6/10/2014: Spend a couple hours at Olympia. Is Hand's On Children Museum worth the time? Then drive to Lake Quinault and try one trail there at Olympic National Forest. Plan to leave in the afternoon for Quillayute River Resort near Forks for the night.
6/11/2014 Visit Hoh rain forest, Ruby Beach, Rialto Beach for sunset (lowest tide: 5:58PM). Plan to stay at Quillayute River Resort for another night.
6/12/2014 Visit Sol Doc falls trail, take the walk to Marymere Falls at the Barnes Creek exit of Lake Crescent, drive to Hurricane Ridge to hike Hurricane Hill Trail. Plan to stay at Port Angeles for the night.
6/13/2014 Take ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria island. Visit the Royal Museum, and the Bug Museum. Plan to stay at Victoria for the night.
6/14/2014 Victoria Island: Butchart Gardens, relax. Ferry to Vancouver in the afternoon.
6/17/2014 Vancouver: Capilano Suspension bridge park; Grouse Mountain. Leave Vancouver later that day to head south to be closer to North Cascade NP. Need recommendation for the stay that night.
6/18/2014 Visit North Cascade NP. What would be best route and activity for one day visit to this NP? Leave later that day to drive further south approaching Seattle. Need recommendation for the stay that night.
6/19/2014 Boeing Tour. Drive down to Seattle: Pike Place Market, Museum of Flight. Need recommendation for the stay that night.
6/20/2014 Seattle: Pacific Science Center, Experience Music Project
6/21/2014 Seattle: Seattle Central Library, Relax. Go home.Seattle (6:25PM) -> Chicago
My goal for the trip is to be fun and educational for our parents and kids. There are a lot of driving which I am interested in cutting or spreading out the driving even if that means visiting fewer attractions. So far, I have only booked the lodge for the first night at Copper Creek Lodge, so I am open to suggestions on major changes and where to stay at nights.
Thanks in advance!
Bin.Edited: 11:43 am, April 11, 2014