We are an adventurous couple in our late 20s living on the East Coast and love spending our vacations doing road trips out west. We've always wanted to visit Washington state and figure our upcoming honeymoon the last week of August/first week of September is a great opportunity to see the state. We'll be there for 12 days, so we have a lot of time and don't want to spend it rushing around trying to cram too much in. For an itinerary, below is what I have so far, and I welcome any input. Again, we prefer choosing a few destinations over the course of those 10 days rather than trying to do to much, given that it's our honeymoon and we want it to be relaxing (which for us means fun hikes, whale watching, wine tastings, scenic drives, good restaurants, etc.)
Day 1: fly to seattle, stay overnight
Day 2: drive to mount rainier, stay for two nights
Day 4: drive to Leavenworth, stay for three nights (Labor Day Weekend)
Day 7 (Labor Day) drive to Olympic, stay near Olympic for 5 nights, do a day trip to Victoria and see other sites in and around Olympic
Last day: fly home
Leavenworth and Olympic are definite musts, but Rainier is debatable. We chose Rainier over the North Cascades because we haven't been able to find great accommodations near the North Cascades area, at least anything that would be romantic and nice for a honeymoon trip. The second week we will definitely be staying in Olympic, but the first week of our trip is up for debate in terms of the order of things. I'm worried about labor day weekend traffic and I'm not sure which would be a better area to stay that weekend - Leavenworth or Rainier, keeping in mind that we are driving towards Olympic afterward.
Any thoughts/recommendations? Any must-sees that I have left off? We are looking to do hiking, whale watching tours, kayaking, wine tastings, and any other fun activities!Edited: 08 March 2012, 00:30