The Cost to Travel: Washington – a 7 night/8 day itinerary
Here is our rough itinerary for a one-week Washington road trip. Another week would’ve been wonderful as there is much more to see. Traveling during the Time of the Covid-19 Pandemic meant many of the interesting places – like the Hanford B Reactor Tour as well as museums – were closed.
Day 1: Drive from Portland to Yakima, Washington. Stops at Trail of Two Forests State Park, and Meta Lake, Donnybrook, Cascade Peaks, and Windy Ridge parks along County Rd 99 to view the effects of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Day 2: Drive from Yakima to Wenatchee. Stops at Columbia River viewpoints, Gingko Petrified Forest State Park, and Frenchman Coulee.
Day 3: Drive from Wenatchee to Spokane. Stops at Dry Falls State Park and Grand Coulee Dam.
Day 4: Drive from Spokane to Moscow, Idaho. Stop at Couer d’Alene, Idaho.
Day 5: Drive from Moscow, Idaho to Walla Walla, Washington with stops at Pullman, Washington, Lewiston Hill, Idaho, and Hells Canyon State Park, Clarkston, Pomeroy and Dayton, WA. Many of these areas were explored by Lewis & Clark on their 1804-1806 expedition.
Day 6: Explore Walla Walla, Washington including the Whitman Mission National Historic Site and driving around the area to Athena, Oregon.
Day 7: Drive from Walla Walla to Tri-Cities, Washington. Stops at Lyons Ferry State Park, Palouse Falls State Park, Columbia Park, Richland. Touchet Heritage wayside to view Wallula Gap.
Day 8: Drive to Portland. Stop at Rowena Crest Viewpoint.
The Cost to Travel: $1500.12 (average of $187.52 per day)
I share our actual cost of travel for informational purposes. By knowing what our costs were one can estimate what it might cost them and they can either spend more – or spend less.
Accommodations: $835.00 averages out to $119.28 per night for 7 nights.
Food: $214.00 averages out to $26.75 per day for eight days of food and Starbucks.
Transportation: $409.58 includes $304 for car rental plus $105.58 for gas. Yes, we rented a car!
Sightseeing: $41.54 includes the Washington State Discovery Pass to visit parks, and Spokane’s Numerica Skyride.
Yakima Best Western Plus, $96.41
Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel, $150.00
Holiday Inn Spokane, $143.00
Super 8, Moscow, Idaho, $101.32
The Marcus Whitman Historic Hotel, Walla Walla, $144.73
Best Western Walla Walla, $121.68
Quality Inn, Umatilla, Oregon, $77.82
Studies have proven that travelers are happier and healthier. Travel makes us more active and keeps the gray matter in the brain engaged. On this trip we learned a lot about geology and some history, met up with friends, and marveled at the beauty of God’s creation.
Meet You in the Morning next timefrom who knowswhen – or where!