Original Itinerary: 10/17-10/20 Mt. Ranier (10/20-10/22 Seattle)
Method of Travel while in Seattle: Renting Car
Seeking: Hiking- moderate at times, easy at times, some scenic views, with on site lodging
Lodging preferences: private room with private bath
Budget: $164/night is what we were going to pay for a room at the National Park Inn at Mt. Ranier.
As most are aware, the national parks are closed due to a government shut down. While there is a chance they may reopen, I must explore alternate lodging and plans for myself and my travel companion. We still want to have a getaway within the trip that revolves around the outdoors. (This is my second time in Seattle and my companion will have already have been in Seattle for 4 days prior to my arrival for a conference.) My knee jerk reaction was jump on the Amtrak to Vancouver, thinking everything will be open, but then my brain switched off of ignorant and dramatic and I have since been trying to explore state parks and some islands (Whidbey Island is on a tab in my browser right now) as alternatives in Washington state and around Seattle.
Typically I would do weeks of research and only then post a more specific, well researched question about my options, but being that time is limited and there is so much information and it seems my options have gone from 1-20 in the course of a few google searches, so I am asking for some help with suggestions. Thank you for any recommendations and your feedback! Either way I can't wait to visit again.