9 days in Washington State & Portland Itinerary

9 days in Washington State & Portland Itinerary

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9 days in Washington State & Portland Itinerary

Start: Ontario
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + foot + bus + bus:  3​h
3
Olympia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Ontario

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pike Place Market and Chihuly Garden and Glass. You'll get in some beach time at Picnic Point Park and Alki Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Lake Wilderness Arboretum in Maple Valley (about 1h 05 min away). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mercer Slough Nature Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pioneer Square, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Ontario to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Ontario in November, plan for cooler days in Seattle, with highs around 53°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Mercer Slough Nature Park, Picnic Point Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at The Whale Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then don't miss a visit to English Camp.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Friday Harbor tour builder app .

Fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in November, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Olympia.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

1
night
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Tumwater Falls Park and then admire the majestic nature at Tolmie State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Olympia vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Friday Harbor to Olympia in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 51°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Olympia

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Tumwater Falls Park
Highlights from your plan
Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park
Tumwater Falls Park ©
Tumwater Falls Park

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Eastbank Esplanade. Get in touch with nature at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, take in the views from Hawthorne Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at South Park Blocks.

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You can drive from Olympia to Portland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Olympia in November, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

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