11 days in Seattle & Oregon Itinerary

11 days in Seattle & Oregon Itinerary

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11 days in Seattle & Oregon Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Rockaway Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Florence
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Bend
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach and then find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get little chillier in Seattle: highs are around 79°F and lows about 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Astoria.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Beaches
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Green Lake Park ©
Green Lake Park

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 10th (Fri), stop by Beach Books, admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Astoria Column. On the next day, stroll through Columbia River Maritime Museum, admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park, and then examine the collection at Flavel House Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Astoria vacation planning app .

You can drive from Seattle to Astoria in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in August: high temperatures in Astoria hover around 70°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rockaway Beach.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Beach Books
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

1
night
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach ©
Rockaway Beach is a city in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. On the 12th (Sun), kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, then see the interesting displays at Garibaldi Museum, and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Meares Lighthouse.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rockaway Beach online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Astoria to Rockaway Beach in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Astoria in August: highs in Rockaway Beach hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in Rockaway Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita Beach, Cape Meares Lighthouse, Garibaldi Museum
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Cape Meares Lighthouse ©
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Garibaldi Museum ©
Garibaldi Museum

3
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): cruise along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, then enjoy the sea views from Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, learn about winemaking at Flying Dutchman Winery, then immerse yourself in nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rockaway Beach to Newport takes 2 hours. Traveling from Rockaway Beach in August, Newport is slightly colder at night with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Flying Dutchman Winery, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
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Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach

1
night
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see Sandland Adventures, visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Sea Lion Caves.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Florence trip planner.

Getting from Newport to Florence by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bend.

Things to do in Florence

Fun & Games Nature Parks
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Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Sea Lion Caves ©
Sea Lion Caves

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Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
On the 16th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Smith Rock State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at High Desert Museum, then appreciate the history behind Newberry National Volcanic Monument, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally stroll through Drake Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bend travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Florence to Bend by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Florence in August: highs in Bend hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Smith Rock State Park
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Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Newberry National Volcanic Monument ©

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