11 days in Seattle, Vancouver & Portland Itinerary

11 days in Seattle, Vancouver & Portland Itinerary

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11 days in Seattle, Vancouver & Portland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  5​h
1
Seattle
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Vancouver
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pioneer Square and Saint James Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Pike Place Market and Christ Our Hope Catholic Church. When in Seattle, make a side trip to see Mount Ellinor in Olympic National Park, approximately 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Discovery Park, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planner.

Los Angeles to Seattle is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mercer Slough Nature Park, Mount Ellinor
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

2
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 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Vancouver National Historic Reserve, then contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of George C. Marshall House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Officers' Row. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Crown Zellerbach Trail, then contemplate the long history of Henry J. Kaiser Shipyard Memorial, and then explore and take pictures at Esther Short Park.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vancouver travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Seattle to Vancouver in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Vancouver, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Vancouver

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Crown Zellerbach Trail
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George C. Marshall House ©
George C. Marshall House
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site ©
Officers' Row ©
Officers' Row

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 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Columbia River Highway and Eastbank Esplanade will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Portland to Welches to see Wildwood Recreation Site about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, take a stroll through Northwest (Nob Hill), stroll through Eagle Creek Trail Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland itinerary planning app .

Portland is very close to Vancouver. In January, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Wildwood Recreation Site, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Columbia River Highway
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion
Forest Park ©
Forest Park

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