10 days in Portland, Vancouver & Seattle Itinerary

10 days in Portland, Vancouver & Seattle Itinerary

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10 days in Portland, Vancouver & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Vancouver
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Hood and Silver Falls State Park. Visiting Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Little Zigzag Falls will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner) and Mt. Hood National Forest (in Welches). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner .

Washington DC to Portland is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in October: high temperatures in Portland hover around 66°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mt. Hood National Forest, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Mount Hood, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Columbia River Highway
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Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area

3
nights
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): do a tasting at Hood Crest Winery, identify plant and animal life at Starvation Creek State Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Oneonta Gorge. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, steep yourself in history at George C. Marshall House, then contemplate the long history of Vancouver National Historic Reserve, and finally pick up some local products at Esther Short Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Vancouver itinerary planning website .

Vancouver is just a stone's throw from Portland. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, Multnomah Falls, Hood Crest Winery
Highlights from your plan
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site ©
Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site, then stroll the grounds of Lake View Cemetery, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip builder site .

Drive from Vancouver to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Seattle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site

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