10 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

10 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pacific Northwest journey builder

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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 1 night
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, pick up some local products at Pike Place Market, and explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle vacation planner.

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Seattle due to the time zone difference. August in Seattle sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, trek along Trail of the Shadows, then appreciate the views at Paradise Valley, and finally trek along Skyline Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Seattle in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Change things up with a short trip to Merriman Falls in Quinault (about 1 hour away). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, cruise along Hurricane Ridge, trek along Murhut Falls, and kick back and relax at Ruby Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Olympic National Park, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Cannon Beach

— 1 night
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 27th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach with the Route module. In August in Cannon Beach, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

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 28th (Sat): head outdoors with Portland Timbers, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then stroll around Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and finally walk around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pittock Mansion, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland tour itinerary site.

Drive from Cannon Beach to Portland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping