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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2017
July visit  (40 Answers)

Hi all

We're planning a road trip to Washington (State) in July and I'd be interested in your views about the timing. Are we likely to encounter more crowds if we go immediately after July 4th rather than a bit later in the month, or is it just going to get busier if we leave it till the second half of the month? I do already know we should avoid Mount Rainier NP at weekends so we'll factor that into our planning.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 11, 2015
what are some disadvantages  (7 Answers)

what are some disadvantages of visiting washington state

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2015
trasportation  (6 Answers)

what type of trasportaion do the majority of people use in washington state

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 24, 2015
A Trip Plan for Washington (From Seattle to San Francisco)  (5 Answers)


We planning to travel on July 2016, from Seattle to San Francisco. Here is our plan. Can you please give us some advice regarding our plan? Is out trip reasonble regrading distances. Recommendations about sleeping places (and locations) are more than welcome.

Day 1: Land at Seattle (afternoon)

Day 2: Seattle, sleep at Seattle

Day 3: Seattle, sleep at Packwood

Day 4: Mount Rainier. Sleep at Port Townsend

Day 5: Olympic National Park (North area):

                Port Townsend, Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, sleep in Forks

Day 6:    rialto beach ,Hoh Rain Forest, Ruby Beach, Sleep in Westport

Day 7: Astoria, Portland, sleep in Portland

Day 8: Portland, sleep in Portland

Day 9: Woodburn Premium Outlets, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Lincoln City, Sleep in Depot Bay/Lincoln City

Day 10: Wheel Sale at Depot Bay, Newport,  Cape Perpetua , sleep at Cape Perpetua

Day 11: Road 138 to Creator Lake, Tokeete Water Falls, Clearwater Water Falls, Crater Lake, sleep at Shady Cove.

Day 12: Jacksonville, Yreka, Mount Shasta, McCloud Falls, sleep near Lassen.

Day 13: Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lake Tahoe

Day 14-16: Yosemite National Park

Day 17: Muir Woods?

Day 18: San Francisco – Golden Gate Park, Sausalito.

Day 19: Morning: San Francisco. Afternoon: Flying back home.

Thank you very much.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2015
Can you see the Olympic Mountains from the Hoh Rainforest vistor center?  (3 Answers)

We are from Portland, OR and are driving to Raymond, WA to visit family. We want to drive to the Hoh Rainforest for one day which would be about a 3 hour drive from Raymond. Are you able to see the Olympic Mountains from the Hoh Rainforest visitor center? If not, can you recommend an area that is not far away so we could see the Olympic Mountains? Hurricane ridge is too far for us because that would make it a far drive back to Portland. Thank You!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2015
Travel through the National Parks in NW Washington  (11 Answers)

hi, all. We'd like to visit the National Parks in NW Washington in September. Can anyone suggest scenic driving routes and easy to moderate hiking trails? Also, lodging recommendations (no camping) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2015
Washington & Oregon Road Trip (with a bit of California)  (3 Answers)

Hi, we are doing a road trip in September this year starting in Seattle and finishing in San Francisco and have the following plan:

Seattle x 2 nights
Olympic National Park x 3
Mount Rainer x 2
Portland x 3 (include Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood and day trip to Cannon Beach)
Yachats x 1
Bandon x 1
Trinidad x 2
Mendocino x 1
Napa x 1
Yosemite x 3
San Francisco x 1

Does anyone have any comments on this or advice on improvements?
Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2014
car rental - western US  (4 Answers)

Help! I want to fly to Victoria, BC from the east coast of the US, take the ferry across to either Port Angeles or Seattle , WA and rent a car. From there I would like to travel around some of the western states before dropping off the car at Denver airport and flying home. I can't seem to find a car rental agency that will permit me to do this, ( or charge me less than $1500 a week to do so!) Does anyone have any idea how I can do this trip? Although they all advertise fabulous car rental rates, picking you up, and dropping the car off in a different location from where you pick it up, I can't seem to find an agency that is actually willing to let you do so!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2014
Dog friendly hikes or attractions ?  (13 Answers)

We're thinking about driving there next year but wondering how to find dog friendly hikes ( we like hiking up mountains , don't want to stay on paved trails) since most of the NPs there don't allow dogs on trails.
Also beaches, restaurants, and other places you can take a dog to, plus any good kennels for day boarding.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2014
Olympic NP or Mt. Rainier in May last week  (3 Answers)

Hi All,
I will be landing in Seattle on Fri night (5/23) and have 2 days with me to see one of Olympic/Mt. Rainier NP

Which one should I select and what should be the "Must See" attractions, keeping in mind that this will be the Memorial Day weekend and some of these place may still be under snow

My main objective is to capture nature/landscape photos, especially around Sunset / Sunrise / Night time. Are there any waterfalls/short hikes that I should see/do ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 16, 2014
washington state in 8 days  (7 Answers)

we are interested in seeing the following-is it too much? Have we missed something that we should have included?

Seattle,Olympic NP, San Juan Island area, Anacortes, North Cascades. leavenworth, Mt. Ranier, Mount St. Helens, Victoria

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 27, 2014
Best way to travel on a budget  (14 Answers)

Howdy all,

A couple of British backpackers are looking for cheap methods of transport along the west coast. Our trip starts in Vancouver, and we'd like to see Seattle, Portland, northern California, San Francisco and eventually LA, where we have a flight to catch. Time of the year is May, and we only have 9 days! So it will be fast and action packed.

Excluding flights, which we don't want to do for obvious reasons, we have the options of either train (which I imagine will be pricey) car rental, and lastly bus. The car gives us the greatest freedom, but factoring in driving distance of around 1500 miles gas as well as 9 days rental, seems like this is easily more expensive than buses (even between various west coast stops). Maybe the best idea would be to bus down between Vancouver and say northern Cali, when we then pick up a car for this stretch to San Fran?

If you could recommend the best area on this route for 3 days rental, with maybe some of the best sites you can only see with a car! That would be massively appreciated, with any other suggestions for our trip too?

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2014
A good R&R spot on the Columbia  (2 Answers)

Planning a trip to multiple family gatherings in June/July of 2014. Will fly into Missoula, Montana, rent a car and spend 4-5 days with family north of there on Seeley Lake. Will then drive to Maupin, Oregon, SE of Portland on the Deschutes River. Am looking for advice for a place to stay and rest up along the way. Wife and I really need some downtime between family gatherings. Am wondering about a nice hotel/lodge somewhere along the Columbia River perhaps to spend 2 nights and a full day. Historical or relaxing or both.
Plan on taking I90 to the US395 to the I82
Any suggestions?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 21, 2013
Wine Country:  (3 Answers)

Looking to tour the wine country but don't know where to begin. Does anyone have any advice??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2013
Getting to Anacortes  (1 Answer)

Last year I spent the latter half of July in Bellingham. I'm thinking it is still a practical place to stay, but wondering how one gets from there to Anacortes. I was thinking of riding an Anacortes ferry.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2013
National Parks  (5 Answers)

We intend to visit Washington from Scotland in July. Our initial itinerary is:

Arrive Calgary drive to Waterton NP
From there to Glacier for a couple of nights
Drive Glacier to Winthrop to see the North Cascades
From there to Leavenworth to do a bit of walking etc
Drive to Mount Rainier NP

After this the itinerary is a bit unplanned! We would love to see the Columbia River Gorge, Hurricane Ridge in Olympia NP and of course Seattle itself.

Can anyone help with any ideas, advice etc on our plans?

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2013
1 year anniversary trip to The San Juan Islands  (5 Answers)

My husband and I are celebrating our 1 year anniversary at the end of September and are looking at visiting the San Juan Islands for the weekend. Any Advice as too places to eat, nightlife, shop, whale watch, fish?? We are looking at cabins either on Orca Island or Lummi Island, we are undecided yet due to knowledge of the area and prices. We are flying into Seattle and will be renting a car. Since we are going to be on our anniversary we would like to stay in a place that is secluded and has ocean views. We found a couple places but we are open to more suggestions.

Thank you in advance for any help!
Whitney from Texas

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2012
seattle vacation  (20 Answers)

I am hoping to go to Seattle in April possibly also visiting Victoria and Vancouver.
What neighborhoods do you recommend for a woman traveling solo?
What hotels do you recommend?
What fun off the wall tours do you recomment?
How is the weather during that time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2012
Trader Vic's Seattle  (8 Answers)

is there one right downtown?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2011
Scotland to Seattle  (9 Answers)

Dear all,

I am visiting Seattle with my husband, mum and Dad in early September for my cousin's wedding. We will be based in Port Orchard (where my family stay) but I think that they will be very busy with wedding preperations and I would like some advice on travel and 'things to do'...
Is there much to do/see in Port Orchard and the surrounding areas?
How easy is it to get about this area?
Can anyone advise if there is a bus or train from Port Orchard to Seattle and how long would this take?
We would also like to visit Vancouver for the day, is the Amtrak train the best way?
Any advice/recommendations would be very much appreciated!

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2011
I've also posted this in the Oregon forum  (15 Answers)

Thanking everyone in advance for any suggestions as I have been trying to put together a last minute, 11 day "taste of Washington & Oregon" photographic trip.

Thus far these are our plans:

June 16th - MIA - SEA (spend 2 & 1/2 days in Seattle exploring City)
June 19th Seattle - Port Angeles (spend overnight at Port Angeles)

***June 20th - (Open for suggestion as to where to stay. We want to visit Hoh Rainforest & Ruby Beach) - should we stay a 2nd night in Port Angeles or is there a better suggestion?***

June 21st and 22nd - Cannon Beach to photograph sunrises/sunsets and visit Ecola state park.

June 23rd = Bandon by the Sea
June 24th - Crater Lake National Park (but open to suggestions - I can skip)
June 25th - Portland
Junr 26th - Portland - visit Mt. Hood National Park area
June 27th - PDX - MIA

I'm open to suggestions either adding or subtracting.

Thanks all. I'm hoping for some quick answers so I can finalize my mid-trip hotels/stays.

Homer (and Ed)

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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2010
Olympic National Park-Washington Shore  (3 Answers)

We are visiting the Olympic National Park then down the Washington shore the first week of October.What are the best places to see rain forest and beaches?Also, what are your favorite places to stay and/or eat?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2010
September Orcas  (1 Answer)

We are going to be in the Seattle-Vancouver area the last week of September.What is our best chance to see orcas? What outfitter? Is mainland or island location better?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 15, 2010
10 days Hiking in Washington State + city break in Portland  (6 Answers)

We're off across the line for our hols and luckily we've booked most of the popular places in Olympic NP in advance. I have a general question on whether we're heading to the right places, and another question about which hikes to do at some of the location we're going to;

July 30 YVR-Port Townsend
July 31 Lake Cresent Lodge
August 1 & 2 Kalaloche Campground
Aug 3 & 4 Portland
Aug 5 camp some where in Rainier NP
Aug 6 camp or stay in a B&B around Leanvenworth or Lake Chelan
Aug 7 camp somewhere between Winthrop and Vancouver

I got a bunch of hiking books from the library but realistically at some of these places we can only do one or two hikes at the most. With so many choices I'm not sure which ones are the best to tackle first. Also which campgrounds would be the best to stay at in Rainier as there seems to be a few to pick from.

Many thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2010
Seattle to LA drive

. My wife and I will be flying into Seattle the week after Labor Day and driving from Seattle to LA.. We don't hike, camp, fish, climb, bike, or do much outdoors stuff except to view beautiful scenery. We are not traveling with children and are allowing about 17 days for this trip.
An outline of our very tentative schedule is:
Days 1-3 Seattle area
Day 4 - Ferry to Olympic peninsular Port Townsend, Port Angeles and hotel on the way to Forks, WA
Day 5 - Forks, Ilwaco, Astoria.
Day 6 - Astoria, Tillamook, Coos Bay
Day 7 - Coos Bay and Gold Beach.
Day 8 - Jet boat on Rouge River and drive down the coast to Crescent City, CA
and Redwood NP
Day 9 - Drive to Redding CA, Shasta Lake Dam. Then drive to Sacramento.
Day 10 -Full day in Napa. (We're not winery lovers, so we'll only go to 2 or 3)
Day 11 - Muir Woods NP and San Francisco.
Day 12 -13 Full days in SF. Start drive toward Salinas.
Day 14- 15 Drive down PCH to Santa Barbara making all stops along the way.
Day 16 -17 Full days in LA (We've been here before)
Day 18 - Fly home

Did we allow enough (or too much) time? Any suggestions for restaurants/motels along this route that we should see or avoid? What time does it get dark on the left coast at that time of year? What is the "real feel" weather (I can't get that from Weatherundergound)? What are the road conditions along Rt.101? Lanes? Construction? Traffic? Anything else that can effect the timing of the trip. The only time constraints I have is the return date of my flight. This has not been determined yet and depends on the feedback I get from my online travel friends.
Any and all input is appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2010
2 days on the Olympic Peninsula...  (10 Answers)

If you had 2 days there, what would be your must sees? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2010
Road Trip Day 1 - Seattle to Astoria  (5 Answers)

We anticipate spending our first day travelling between downtown Seattle and Astoria and would really appreciate some suggestions as to the best route to take and possible places to take a break. Somehow the last few months have flown by and it is now only 2 weeks till we travel - by now i would normally have the entire itinerary researched and set in stone so need help to get organised!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 18, 2010
Help with stopover between Connecticut and Washington  (6 Answers)

We are travelling between Springfield Mass area and Germantown by car and would like a reasonably priced stop off for one night (eg small town/rural area. We don't know this part of USA, having only driven in New England, but we will have SatNav. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2010
Where can I see tulip farm in Washington State  (9 Answers)

Hi, I will be in Washington state on 25 and 26 April and would like to visit the Tulip farm. Anyone know where can I see one? How much is the admission fees and what is the operating hours?

Thanks. :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2010
Olympic Peninsula Ferry to Seattle  (16 Answers)

Our trip for this September/October is slowly coming together and I am just trying to work out which ferry (is there only the one company) and which routes we would need to take to get from the Peninsula to Seattle. We will be staying in Port Angeles and then going to a motel near the Space Needle area of Seattle. Do I need to book ahead or can we just turn up on the day. We will have a car that we will be returning in Seattle.

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