11 days in Mount Vernon, Olympic National Park & Portland Itinerary

11 days in Mount Vernon, Olympic National Park & Portland Itinerary

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11 days in Mount Vernon, Olympic National Park & Portland Itinerary

Start: Missoula
Fly + Drive:  5 h
1
Mount Vernon
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 30 min
End: Missoula

1
night
Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon ©
Mount Vernon is the county seat of Skagit County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Valley Shine Distillery, steep yourself in history at Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Mountain Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Schuh Farms and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Vernon online travel planner .

Missoula to Mount Vernon is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Missoula to Mount Vernon due to the time zone difference. In January, Mount Vernon is somewhat warmer than Missoula - with highs of 46°F and lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Vernon

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
Highlights from your plan
Little Mountain Park ©
Little Mountain Park

4
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
You've now added Second Beach Trail to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Mount Storm King and Mount Walker. Museum-lovers will get to explore Forks Timber Museum and Olympic Coast Discovery Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Olympic National Park: Sequim (John Wayne Marina & New Dungeness Lighthouse), Forks (Tree Root Cave, John's Beachcombing Museum, &more) and Merriman Falls (in Quinault). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Olympus, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, and hike along Ozette Loop Hike.

To see traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Vernon to Olympic National Park. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can take a train to Portland.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Forks, Sequim, Merriman Falls, Olympic Coast Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Walker ©
Mount Walker
Ozette Loop Hike ©
Ozette Loop Hike
Forks Timber Museum ©
Forks Timber Museum

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tryon Creek State Natural Area and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center For Holocaust Education are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Mount Angel Abbey (in Saint Benedict), Powerland Heritage Park (in Brooks) and Seaside Inverted Experience (in Seaside). There's much more to do: stroll through Mt. Hood Meadows, examine the collection at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Society of Portland, and take in the views from Tilikum Crossing.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner.

You can take a train from Olympic National Park to Portland in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals, Powerland Heritage Park, Mt. Hood Meadows, Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, Mount Angel Abbey
Highlights from your plan
Tryon Creek State Natural Area ©
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Mount Angel Abbey ©
Mount Angel Abbey
Powerland Heritage Park ©
Powerland Heritage Park