4 Days 461 Miles
Follow the Falls: 4-Day Road Trip Through the Pacific Northwest
With nearly 3,200, Washington is home to more than half the waterfalls in the entire Pacific Northwest. The heart of this region’s lush rainforests and snowcapped peaks is its powerful water.
If you’re out there chasing waterfalls, we can help! Connect the coasts of Olympic National Park to the cascades of Mount Rainier National Park with this four-day itinerary. To begin your trip, Fall City is about 25 miles from Seattle and 45 miles from Tacoma. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is your best starting point if arriving by plane.
Day 1 – Fall City, WA
The small community of Fall City is nestled along the Snoqualmie River. It is home to iconic Snoqualmie Falls, a 268-foot waterfall that is vital to the culture of the Snoqualmie People. The tribe reclaimed Snoqualmie Falls in 2019 and are now the primary operators of its hospitality services. Trails to the upper and lower viewing points are both kid and pet friendly, making this attraction a must-see of Washington waterfalls for all.
After exploring around the falls, stop for lunch locally before embarking on a 3-hour drive to your accommodations in Olympic National Park.
Where to Eat Near Fall City
Minutes from Snoqualmie Falls, the Raging River Cafe is home-cooked heaven. Enjoy a menu full of comfort food in a relaxed setting. If you’re up for a short drive, the Herbfarm is a five-diamond, farm to table restaurant unique to this region. Experience their seasonal menu with a paired glass of wine for a sustainable and delicious dining experience.
Day 2 – Olympic National Park
Where to Eat & Stay in Olympic National Park
When it comes to accommodation, there’s no better place than Kalaloch Lodge. Ocean-front with a cozy cabin atmosphere, this lodge brings the coastal adventure of Olympic National Park to your front door. And it’s pet-friendly!
Day 3 – Olympic to Mount Rainier
Start your morning in Olympic National Park on the Madison Falls Trail for a quick, 0.2-mile stroll to Madison Falls. It’s around 4 hours to Mount Rainier National Park, so you’ll want to get on the road as early as possible. We highly suggest taking the 101 E route for a more scenic drive! Take a moment to stop in Sequim, WA at one of the flourishing lavender farms.
Where to Eat & Stay in Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier has options for any preferred style or budget. The Paradise Inn is considered one of the “Great Lodges of the West” and is steps away from hiking trails. Its charm lies in its location and history. If you’re looking for unique and lower-priced accommodations, the Hobo Inn is a caboose hotel a short drive from the park’s entrance.
Our go-to in the area is Wild Berry Restaurant. They serve a special menu featuring Sherpa-Himalayan cuisine of Nepal (we highly recommend the channa thali). Additionally, the Summit House Restaurant has a view too good to miss. Their farm-to-mountain dinner series ensures you’re eating well while supporting local communities.
Day 4 – Mount Rainier National Park
It often feels like there’s so much to do, so little time in Mount Rainier National Park—especially when chasing waterfalls. Plan for a moderately strenuous, yet wildly rewarding hike while exploring this park. The Wonderland Trail to Carter Falls and Narada Falls is a great option for low mileage and stunning views throughout. If you’re a more experienced adventurer, we highly recommend the Skyline Trail Loop, a 6.2-mile trail that features the iconic Myrtle Falls.