Updated in 2019: This Washington State itinerary is centered around food and forests as you make your way through it’s three beautiful national parks: Mount Rainer, North Cascades, and Olympic National Park.  

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Driving through these scenic forests and getting to be in the presence of so much raw beauty will fill you with awe.  

Plus, if you love quality food, you will love all the eating experiences in the Pacific Northwest.  My family still talks about the amazing soup we had at a farmers market in Bellingham.  Getting fresh produce from roadside stands makes eating healthy very easy on this trip.

If you are in Washington state in the summer, you will find wild blueberries and blackberries growing along the hiking trails.  Or, stop by one of the blueberry farms and see the delight on your kid’s faces when you buy a wooden flat of blueberries and let them eat to their heart’s content.

Make sure you bring good hiking shoes because making this an active holiday will be no problem since there will be an overwhelming number of trails to choose from

If your feet need a break from the trail, try out your climbing skills in Leavenworth or near Deception Pass.  

If you don’t get your ocean fix on the ferry ride from Deception Pass to Port Townsend, head over to the San Juan Islands to see orcas.  Note: The orcas come by San Juan Island NOT Orca Island.

You’ll also get to explore the beautiful beaches of Kalaloch with this road trip.  We loved this area and the efforts they are making to preserve nature.  The ranger presentation at Kalaloch Campground was one of our all-time favorites.

If this is your first road trip be sure to check out our related blog, How to Plan a Successful Road Trip

Overall Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Seattle
  • Day 2: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Day 3: Leavenworth
  • Day 4: North Cascades National Park 
  • Day 5: Anacortes or Deception Pass
  • Day 6: Olympic National Park
  • Day 7: La Push
  • Day 8: Kalaloch

Map of the Washington National Parks Itinerary

Before you get started with this Washington State itinerary, I’ve included a map to help you get oriented with Washington and the route we’ll be recommending. The map below can be saved to your Google Maps account so you can view it any time on your phone or computer.

The basic itinerary is the basic general route, however I also included alternative ferry routes and detours routes.

Washington State National Park Itinerary

Day 1 | Seattle, Washington

We didn’t see nearly enough of this city.  We did, however, take a unique tour called Seattle Underground that gave us a history lesson into how Seattle was originally built and then rebuilt on top of the first level after a fire wiped out most of the mining town.