10 days in Portland, Crater Lake National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

10 days in Portland, Crater Lake National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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10 days in Portland, Crater Lake National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  26​h
End: Minneapolis

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.
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Pittock Mansion will appeal to history buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Haystack Rock and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, stop by Powell's City of Books, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip builder app .

Minneapolis to Portland is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Haystack Rock, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area

2
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Rim Village Visitor Center, cruise along Rim Dr, then stroll through Watchman Peak, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnacles Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park online holiday maker .

You can drive from Portland to Crater Lake National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Portland in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Crater Lake National Park, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
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Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Watchman Peak ©
Watchman Peak

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 28th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, wander the streets of The Strip, and then make a trip to Bellagio Fountains. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Las Vegas takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in May, expect Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

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