12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Drive:  3​h
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 4 nights
End: Seattle

2
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.
Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, stop by Powell's City of Books, and stroll around Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland online travel planner .

Seattle to Portland is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September in Portland, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 10th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column, immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, and then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Haystack Rock and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Portland in September, you will find days in Cannon Beach are a bit cooler (69°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Astoria Column
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

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.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, beaches, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, trek along Murhut Falls, explore the activities along Crescent Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

4
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.
Dedicate the 17th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire all the interesting features of Safeco Field, and find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle route planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Olympic National Park in September, Seattle is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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