Booking the perfect Pacific Northwest summer vacation with points and miles
If you’re like me and are based on the West Coast, you already have one key advantage to planning your itinerary: more options that cost fewer miles. Based on current rates around Memorial Day, you could begin your 10-day adventure by spending three nights in Seattle before traveling north to other parts of the region.
There are a lot of ways you can pass the time in Seattle. To start, you could ride the monorail from Nordstrom to the Space Needle and visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum. Consider checking out Green Lake Park, too, where you can set up a picnic lunch and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the lake.
Here is a sample itinerary.
A one-way rental during Memorial Day weekend is unsurprisingly expensive, but with Avis, there are some savings still available thanks to the Avis Worldwide Discount program.
For example, you can book a car with Avis using Avis AWD Code S018500 to receive 10% off a rental. A five-day rental with unlimited mileage would work out to $637.48 with this discount.
Those with a degree may even have access to a university’s AWD Code for eligible alumni. When I apply the one available to me through American University, my total for the same five-day rental period drops to $330.43, though a 45-cent fee applies for every mile traveled.
After spending three nights in Seattle, venture about 100 miles northwest to Olympic National Park.
While the drive normally takes less than three hours to complete, stop in Poulsbo, Washington, during the journey to see a village that seems plucked straight out of Norway. You can pick up a few souvenirs and a traditional Danish pastry known as a kringle before driving across the village’s floating Hood Canal Bridge.
Before continuing on to the national park, take a break in Sequim to see (and smell) the town’s stunning lavender fields. Depending on which farm you visit, you may be able to grab some lavender keepsakes, including candles, teas and essential oils.
Once in Olympic National Park, go for a hike on Mount Storm King, paddle around Lake Crescent in a canoe and enjoy a stroll through the lush Hoh Rain Forest. Make sure you visit Hurricane Ridge, too, to get an eyeful of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.