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Good afternoon-
We are planning a 2 week trip to Washington State and Oregon in late June and early July, from Michigan. Because of the time frame and required drive time, we won't be camping, we're going to fly and find hotels/AirBnB/etc.

What I'm wondering is which state is best to fly into and where to stay.

I do know we are visiting Rainier NP, Olympic NP and North Cascades NP while in Washington, as well as the ocean. How many days would you suggest visiting each? We almost camped in Washington a couple of years ago, and I do remember that there isn't a good central point for visiting all 3 NPs, so I'm looking for somewhere to stay close to each.

In Oregon we'll be visiting Crater Lake NP, and looking for other suggestions for areas to visit. Any suggestions are appreciated!

Thanks in advance for the help guys. You've all been awesome helping us plan vacations to places we're not familiar with in the past, so I hope this one is the same!


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Posted: 09/10/19 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cascade national park..
look at it on google maps, you'll see it is very remote, most folks only see about 1% of it as they drive across the north cascades highway.
unless you are doing a horse back camp trip you won't see much.
there are basically three ways in to the park. (1) is by back pack hiking from Baker Lake (2) is by horse trails off the one of many trails from highway 20 (3) is from Hozomeen camp, again by foot or horse.
It is a very remote pristine park, only because of its difficulty to enter.


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alesis wrote:

What I'm wondering is which state is best to fly into and where to stay.!


There are but 2 major airports Portland and Sea-tac.
So it becomes a choice of where would you like to start your vacation.

Were it my choice,, I'd start in Portland, do the Washington coast, cross over to the east on #20 and south on 97 to Crater Lake and back to Portland.
stay off I-5 and the metro area. city is a city, pike place market has a huge drug problem. JMHO

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We have just spent the summer on the Olympic Peninsula and will be heading south this coming Sunday. What Tom/Barb says is true about the area (though we did not observe a "huge drug problem" at Pike Place Market in Seattle).

The PNW is the "it" place to be during the hot months, so make your reservations as far ahead as you can... NOW wouldn't be too late! We have thoroughly loved the peninsula and all the little port towns. We took the ferry over to Seattle about three times to spend the day (much better than driving over there).

Surface travel: while here, we flew from Seatac out to Baltimore to spend a week with grandkids. It takes about 2.5 hours to get from the peninsula to the Seatac airport on a good day. Coming back, we experienced two hours of delay on I-5 getting out of Seatac going south and, when we got to the Hood Canal bridge, sat there another 45 minutes while they opened the bridge for a Navy vessel (a common occurrence). Out on the peninsula, the roads are two-lane and speeds are 35 - 55 MPH - but the drives are gorgeous! We've traveled in eastern Oregon and will be doing Portland and the coast on our way south the next few weeks.

As mentioned, two weeks isn't enough to see even a small portion of either state, so spend a lot of time reading (we use Trip Advisor a lot) and plan your time. And remember: there is no bad weather - just bad choices in clothing.

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It will be somewhat challenging to visit out of the way parks if you are not camping. That means some commute time to places like North Cascades, Olympic, and Crater Lake and Mt Rainier. Rent a car you like.

Seattle feels crowded in summer. Portland might be easier, but most of your destination are closer to Seattle.

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We do want to find places to rent air bob or hotels near each park , and will be renting a car. I appreciate all the info, please keep it coming!

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Ok all, we booked flights into PDX.

Now looking for city/hotel to book near Mt Rainier NP, Olympic NP and Crater Lake NP. Looking to be close to each.

Any suggestions are appreciated!

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