12 days in Greater Seattle, Oregon & North Dakota Itinerary

12 days in Greater Seattle, Oregon & North Dakota Itinerary

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12 days in Greater Seattle, Oregon & North Dakota Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Astoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Bend
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Florence
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Newport
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
6
Bismarck
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Kansas 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 16th (Thu): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight and then stroll through Kerry Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary maker tool .

Kansas City to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kansas City to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in May; daily highs in Seattle reach 68°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Columbia River Maritime Museum and Seaside Inverted Experience. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cannon Beach and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Meares Lighthouse (in Tillamook) and Cloud and Leaf Bookstore (in Manzanita). Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. It doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Astoria trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Seattle to Astoria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in May: highs in Astoria hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seaside Inverted Experience, Cloud and Leaf Bookstore, Cannon Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Cape Meares Lighthouse
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Cape Meares Lighthouse ©
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): stop by Dudley's Bookshop Cafe, then get engrossed in the history at Des Chutes Historical Museum, then learn more about the world around you at High Desert Museum, and finally take a stroll through City of Sisters.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bend online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Astoria to Bend takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bend when traveling from Astoria in May, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Bend

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

City of Sisters
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High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Des Chutes Historical Museum ©
Des Chutes Historical Museum
City of Sisters ©
City of Sisters

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Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Heceta Beach, enjoy the sea views from Heceta Head Lighthouse, then take in the exciting artwork at Backstreet Gallery, and finally see Sandland Adventures.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Florence road trip website .

You can drive from Bend to Florence in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Bend, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Florence

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks
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Sandland Adventures ©
Sandland Adventures
Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Heceta Beach ©
Heceta Beach

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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rock Your World: Pacific Northwest Gem & Jewelry Gallery and The Edge Art Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nye Beach and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Lincoln City (Freed Gallery, Lincoln City Glass Center, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, get engrossed in the history at Toledo History Center, engage your brain at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Newport tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Florence to Newport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Newport can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lincoln City, The Edge Art Gallery, Toledo History Center
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Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Lincoln City Glass Center ©
Lincoln City Glass Center
Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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Bismarck

Bismarck ©
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, then explore the galleries of The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Mandan. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Former Governor's Mansion, steep yourself in history at Custer House, and then steep yourself in history at On-A-Slant Village.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Newport to Bismarck. Traveling from Newport to Bismarck, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Newport in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Bismarck, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bismarck

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mandan, Washburn
Highlights from your plan
Fort Mandan ©
Fort Mandan

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