12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
3
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip planning website .

Chicago to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Seattle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Seattle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can take a train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, then hike along Skyline Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park travel planning app .

You can take a train from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

3
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.
When in Olympic National Park, make a side trip to see B&B Family Farm in Sequim, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, stroll through Ruby Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Sol Duc Hot Springs.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Olympic National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

B&B Family Farm
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B&B Family Farm ©
B&B Family Farm
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stroll through Cannon Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach visit app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Astoria
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, stop by Powell's City of Books, walk around South Park Blocks, and explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Portland trip tool .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Cannon Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Portland, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 59°F. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

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