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Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

Houma, Louisiana
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Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

My husband and I are flying into SEATAC the middle of July and renting a car to visit Mt Rainer,

ONP and San Juan Islands. We were going to spend the final 2 nights with friends on Whidbey Is. But plans change and we're not. I still want to ferry from San Juan to Whidbey to see Deception Pass. But then I'm thinking of taking Hwy 20 to the mainland. So the question is: What is there of interest to see/do between Burlington and Seattle? And what town would be best to stay in?

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1. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

I'm afraid I''m not quite able to follow your route from your post. I got that you were going to Mt. Rainer and ONP. I didn't see how you were getting from ONP to Burlington. I would normally assume that you would take the Port Townsend-Coupeville Ferry, but that doesn't really fit with your question. Usually I would suggest driving down Whidbey Island from Burlington and taking the Mulkiteo ferry to Everett. You would drive right by the Boeing Factory Tour if interested. However, if you have already visited Whidbey on your way fromONP, that wouldn't be the best route.

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2. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

Why not still visit Whidbey, staying in Langley or Coupeville?

Another option would be to drive over the North Cascades Hwy (hwy 20), which is the most scenic in the state and one of the most scenic in the country. It's a convenient route street the San Juans. You could do the whole Cascade Loop, staying in Winthrop, Chelan or Leavenworth (Bavarian themed town), or, just stay in Winthrop and head back to 1-5 the next day.

Neither of these options is along 1-5, as that, between Burlington and Seattle is largely the metro area.

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3. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

Sorry I wasn't more clear. We're basically making a loop from Mt Rainer, ONP, ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, then ferry from Sydney to Friday Harbor, where we're spending 5 nights. On August 2nd we'll ferry to Anacortes. It does make sense to just drive down Whidbey and maybe spend the night in Langley. Any suggestions to lodging and dining? Any great lunch place mid-island?

My husband was a helicopter crew chief in the Navy and is into aviation. The Boeing Factory Tour sounds really interesting. Also the Museum of Flight. I imagine these 2 could take up Aug 3rd, especially if we ferry over in the morning. We have a noon flight out of SEATAC on the 4th. If we spend the night in Everett, what time would we have to leave for the airport?

Thanks for the input!!

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4. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

Thanks for the clarification. I would definitely drive down Whidbey Island from Anacortes. You can stay on the island or end up in Mulkiteo at the end of the day. You will want to get a good start over to the Boeing Factory Tour the next day. If your husband enjoys aviation, the Museum of Flight at Boeing field is a "must see" It is at a different Boeing facility than the factory tour. The Museum of Flight is located south of downtown Seattle. I would do the Boeing factory tour in the morning and the Museum of Flight in the afternoon. You aren't far from the airport after the Museum of Flight and I would spend that night at an airport area hotel rather than backtracking to Everett.

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5. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

Thank you so much for the insight. I did not realize the 2 tours are so far apart. I think I have a plan now!

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6. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

If I was looking for something to see and do, I would follow Highway 20 at least the Ross Lake area, so very beautiful place. Plan correctly, take the Skagit tour!!

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7. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

If it was me, I'd ferry to Anacortes, drive to Deception Pass then down Whidbey. I'd stop in Langley briefly, but spend the night in Mukilteo, possibly at the excellent Silver Cloud Hotel that sits over the water near the ferry terminal - https://www.silvercloud.com/mukilteo/ . Have dinner next door at Ivar's - https:/…mukilteo-landing - and visit the cute Mukilteo lighthouse, sitting next to the ferry terminal and to a cool driftwood-covered beach. gardyloo.us/wp-content/…20140531_3Ha.jpg

The hotel even has a shuttle that will take you to the Boeing tour center if you don't want to drive. You could do the Boeing tour in the morning, then drive south through Seattle to the Museum of Flight, if you want a serious aviation day. Map - https://goo.gl/maps/Q5LJtCki16n

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8. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

I am thinking that since the original thread was two years ago, this trip is already over......

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9. Re: Sightseeing between Burlington and Seattle

>> I am thinking that since the original thread was two years ago, this trip is already over...... <<

Oh good grief. Never mind.

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