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Old 08-25-2018, 04:17 PM
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The admiral and I will be visiting Washington next week, staying about an hour and a half south of Seattle along I-5 and are looking for recommendations for things to do/see. We've done the Seattle tourist things in the past. This trip we will be taking a leisurely drive each day are interested in easy hikes, visiting winery's, beer breweries, historic towns, water falls or scenic drives in the central-south Washington or northern Oregon area. A drive along the Colombia river and a visit to Mt. Reiner have been suggested.

We are also looking for lunch suggestions.

Any suggestions.
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Old 08-25-2018, 05:40 PM
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I used to live near Seattle in a town called Puyallup. Our favorite day trips were to the San Juan Islands via ferry.
The Washington State Ferries are inexpensive and very comfortable. May also see some whales along the way.
Friday Harbor was one of our favorites. Take your passport and take a quick trip up to Victoria Canada on the ferry as well.
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Our plans include staying on Decatur Island from Sat to Monday for the 3 day labor day weekend.

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I suggest you visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum if you venture into Astoria. If you do, the Astoria Riverwalk makes for a nice stroll. I believe the Astoria Brewing Company was our go to spot for brews and vittles.
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Most of the wineries are in Woodinville. There are craft breweries and distillers all around the Sound.
If you hooked a left at Tacoma and went up the great peninsula to Pt Townsend, Pt Angeles, Port Hadlock, Sequim there is lots of old towns, wooden boat builders, artists and scenics all around. There are spectacular rain forests on the peninsula. The historic inns at lake Crescent and Quinalt are very nice. I don't really care for the ocean towns in the southwest generally.
Downtown Olympia is a little spotty but nice in places, the state capital is cool and the waterfront is nice. There is a great farmers market there. The Spar is a favorite breakfast or lunch place there.
Gig Harbor is scenic with a good tavern restaurant called the tides. There are boating excursions of several types available there as well as some retailers, Seven Seas Brewery and a distiller right in downtown.
Very good State Museum, Tacoma Museum and Glass Museum downtown Tacoma. Good pizza at the Cloverleaf in Tacoma, 70 year old drive in called Frisco Freeze is hard to beat. Dupont is old scenic town down by Fort Lewis with nice architecture and restaurants. Chambers Bay south of Tacoma held US open in Golf several years ago has extensive walking paths in and through golf course down to beach.
If you want a ferry ride I would consider the Bainbridge ferry out of Seattle, very nice little city on island with good museum and some nice shops. Spectacular views of the sound and Seattle. Good eats generally. On your way to Decatur La Conner is worth a little detour. Anacortes is probably on your way and a nice town as well. Enjoy your stay in the great NW
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The Olympic Penninsula is fantastic. Visit Hurricane Ridge, and Second Beach. Crescent Lake is crystal clear.
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Need to be more specific where you are staying. An hour and half south of Seattle could mean Tukwila.
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The best trip out here on land is Hurricane Ridge, HOWEVER!! Ya gota know the secret. As you leave the visitors center and all the tourists and their crap, there is a small gate on the right only traveled by locals. It's called obstruction point trail. About 7 miles of groomed gravel roads. No 4x4 required. Totally worth it! You go up above the tree line, you can even find patches of snow at the top all the way in to August. Ask the rangers for info.
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we've got an itinerary for October so we can do some apple picking -- lots of driving involved but we get to do everything - 2 national parks, rainforest, apple picking, volcano, waterfalls, reindeer farm, whale watching

day 1 arrive in Seattle, rent a car, stay with cousins on Bainbridge island
day 2 Seattle day trip, stay on Bainbridge Island
day 3 drive to Hurricane Ridge hike, stay in Port Angeles, Olympic Lodge
day 3 Hoh Rainforest hike, stay in Port Angeles, Olympic Lodge
day 4 long drive to Leavenworth, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 5 Mt Rainier north face hike, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 6 Leavenworth area apple orchards, nearby waterfalls, reindeer farm, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 7 drive to Seattle, drop off car, fly out
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This was posted almost a year ago.
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This was posted almost a year ago.
True, but somone new has jumped on and is building on the thread.
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Originally Posted by porcha View Post
we've got an itinerary for October so we can do some apple picking -- lots of driving involved but we get to do everything - 2 national parks, rainforest, apple picking, volcano, waterfalls, reindeer farm, whale watching

day 1 arrive in Seattle, rent a car, stay with cousins on Bainbridge island
day 2 Seattle day trip, stay on Bainbridge Island
day 3 drive to Hurricane Ridge hike, stay in Port Angeles, Olympic Lodge
day 3 Hoh Rainforest hike, stay in Port Angeles, Olympic Lodge
day 4 long drive to Leavenworth, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 5 Mt Rainier north face hike, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 6 Leavenworth area apple orchards, nearby waterfalls, reindeer farm, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 7 drive to Seattle, drop off car, fly out
Holy heck, that’s an itinerary! Day 4 is definitely a long drive. Be prepared for anything from Sunny and mid-60’s to 40’s and WET in Washington in October.
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Originally Posted by porcha View Post
we've got an itinerary for October so we can do some apple picking -- lots of driving involved but we get to do everything - 2 national parks, rainforest, apple picking, volcano, waterfalls, reindeer farm, whale watching

day 1 arrive in Seattle, rent a car, stay with cousins on Bainbridge island
day 2 Seattle day trip, stay on Bainbridge Island
day 3 drive to Hurricane Ridge hike, stay in Port Angeles, Olympic Lodge
day 3 Hoh Rainforest hike, stay in Port Angeles, Olympic Lodge
day 4 long drive to Leavenworth, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 5 Mt Rainier north face hike, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 6 Leavenworth area apple orchards, nearby waterfalls, reindeer farm, stay at Bavarian Inn
day 7 drive to Seattle, drop off car, fly out

You must love driving. Port Angeles to the Hoh is a drive. PA to Leavenworth is a all day, depending upon traffic. Leavenworth to Mt Rainier is 3-4 hours, again based on traffic. You’re spending too much time getting places and not enough quality time at any of them.
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You must love driving. Port Angeles to the Hoh is a drive. PA to Leavenworth is a all day, depending upon traffic. Leavenworth to Mt Rainier is 3-4 hours, again based on traffic. You’re spending too much time getting places and not enough quality time at any of them.
yea i am afraid of that - each day is 3-4+ hrs in the car and the Seattle area is known for excellent driving and weather . We did a similar trip like this last year to Oregon - Mt St Helens one day, Columbia river gorge to Astoria to coastal drive south for 1 night and another day hike at Mt Hood

we also may move the dates up to mid September rather than early October as many trails/roads close starting October and both times are peak leaves depending on elevation/rain

Anyone done the apple picking? are there orchards all over the state? it seems so but Leavenworth was the "place to be". I wouldn't mind staying closer to Tacoma area to go see Mt Rainier -- could sell my wife to stay at the http://www.thornewoodcastle.com/
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yea i am afraid of that - each day is 3-4+ hrs in the car and the Seattle area is known for excellent driving and weather . We did a similar trip like this last year to Oregon - Mt St Helens one day, Columbia river gorge to Astoria to coastal drive south for 1 night and another day hike at Mt Hood

we also may move the dates up to mid September rather than early October as many trails/roads close starting October and both times are peak leaves depending on elevation/rain

Anyone done the apple picking? are there orchards all over the state? it seems so but Leavenworth was the "place to be". I wouldn't mind staying closer to Tacoma area to go see Mt Rainier -- could sell my wife to stay at the Thornewood Castle
The orchards are all on the East side of the Cascades.
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Never been on that property, but it is near the hood. The lake will likely be busy with yahoo boaters and kids. Low to high income homes around it. Immediately across the interstate to the east is Joint Base Lewis McChord. Also due south of the lake. C17s and Helos flying all day. Gun fire and artillery chances as well. Nothing else cool near there.

Check Packwood to the SE of Mt Rainier, Enumclaw to the NW. Might be a nice lodge style place that’ll have you within 15-30 minutes to the park.

The Hoh rainforest may look like every other forest on the west side in September. That’s not our rainy time. But, getting there from Port Angeles is quite pretty. Make sure to swing through Neah Bay. The beaches around there are impressive. Might be a crapload of eagles hanging out.

Leavenworth is a cool town. Decent restaurants, old Bavarian feel, close to all sorts of orchards and vineyards. Crap ton of wine tasting. I was at a friend’s cherry orchard last weekend, after 5 minutes of picking cherries, I was done with that “fun”.

Or, get a place in Westport (coastal) and book a six pack trip for catching 30-50, 18-30#, albacore in a day. .

You might fare better to pick one side of the mountains or the other, and enjoy that area, rather than driving everywhere.
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A little report from a family visiting/fishing Neah Bay.

https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/th...ewbies.721361/
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Updated iteniary -- we're going the week of Sept 14-Sept 21

day 1 arrive in Seattle, staying downtown seattle
day 2 Seattle stuff
day 3 Rent Car - Boeing Tour, drive to Port Angeles, stay in Port Angeles
day 3 Hurricane Ridge stuff, stay in Port Angeles
day 4 drive to WA coast, stay in La Push oceanfront private cabin
day 5 Hoh Rainforest stuff, stay in La Push oceanfront private cabin
day 6 drive to Bainbridge Island, stay with family
day 7 drive to airport, depart mid-day

So we're skipping Rainier in favor of the coast and Olympic range, also skipping the big orchards out East but hope to get some good gems along our routes

Anyone know much about the Salmon runs? From what I've read online we'll be in the right area at the right time of year, I plan to do some hikes near the coastal rivers hoping for the best
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Updated iteniary -- we're going the week of Sept 14-Sept 21

day 1 arrive in Seattle, staying downtown seattle
day 2 Seattle stuff
day 3 Rent Car - Boeing Tour, drive to Port Angeles, stay in Port Angeles
day 3 Hurricane Ridge stuff, stay in Port Angeles
day 4 drive to WA coast, stay in La Push oceanfront private cabin
day 5 Hoh Rainforest stuff, stay in La Push oceanfront private cabin
day 6 drive to Bainbridge Island, stay with family
day 7 drive to airport, depart mid-day

So we're skipping Rainier in favor of the coast and Olympic range, also skipping the big orchards out East but hope to get some good gems along our routes

Anyone know much about the Salmon runs? From what I've read online we'll be in the right area at the right time of year, I plan to do some hikes near the coastal rivers hoping for the best
That's a solid plan. Make sure you take the gravel road up on Hurricane Ridge I mentioned previously.

This is a pink salmon run year. I'm a total rookie, but others are catching em' right now.
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