6 days in Portland & Alexandria Itinerary

6 days in Portland & Alexandria Itinerary

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6 days in Portland & Alexandria Itinerary

Portland
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  7​h
Alexandria
— 3 nights
subway + Fly:  7​h
Portland

2
days
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, meet the residents at Oregon Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, and finally see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Portland tour itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Portland. In December, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Alexandria.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
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Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

3
days
Alexandria

Alexandria ©
Just a few metro stops away from the bustle of Washington D.C., Alexandria provides a respite from the fast-paced capital.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alexandria: Baltimore (National Aquarium & Horseshoe Casino Baltimore) and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (in Chantilly). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, get a sense of history and politics at The Pentagon, pause for some photo ops at U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Alexandria trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Portland to Alexandria takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Portland to Alexandria. While traveling from Portland, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Alexandria, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Arlington, Baltimore, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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Arlington National Cemetery ©
Arlington National Cemetery
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center ©
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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