12 days in Greater Seattle & Portland Itinerary

12 days in Greater Seattle & Portland Itinerary

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12 days in Greater Seattle & Portland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Olympia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Gig Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
North Bend
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Kerry Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory, contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake Park, make a trip to The Gum Wall, and stroll through Woodland Park Zoo.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle visit app .

Sydney, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in July: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Olympia.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Tours
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Seattle Center ©
Seattle Center

1
night
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): head outdoors with Mystic Journeys, then stroll through East Bay Public Plaza, then stroll through Heritage Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Washington State Capitol.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Olympia trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Seattle to Olympia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Olympia, with lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Gig Harbor.

Things to do in Olympia

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East Bay Public Plaza ©
East Bay Public Plaza
Washington State Capitol ©
Washington State Capitol
Heritage Park ©
Heritage Park

2
nights
Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor ©
Gig Harbor is the name of both a bay on Puget Sound and a city on its shore in Pierce County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at LeMay - America's Car Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Glass, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Point Defiance Park. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, delve into the lush surroundings at McCormick Forest, and then stroll through Sehmel Homestead Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gig Harbor trip builder app .

Getting from Olympia to Gig Harbor by car takes about an hour. In July in Gig Harbor, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to North Bend.

Things to do in Gig Harbor

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tacoma
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Point Defiance Park ©
Point Defiance Park
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Sehmel Homestead Park ©
Sehmel Homestead Park

1
night
North Bend

North Bend ©
North Bend is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): trek along Denny Creek Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Snoqualmie Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our North Bend travel planner .

Traveling by car from Gig Harbor to North Bend takes 1.5 hours. In July in North Bend, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in North Bend

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Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Hood. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Willamette Valley and then immerse yourself in nature at Silver Falls State Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Portland trip planner.

Traveling by car from North Bend to Portland takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Columbia River Highway, Mount Hood, Silver Falls State Park
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Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway
Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park

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