12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Timberline Lodge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Visit Pittock Mansion and McLean House for their historical value. Eastbank Esplanade and St. Mary's Catholic Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Multnomah Falls in Bridal Veil (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Oregon Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and get outside with Portland Timbers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Portland online trip builder .

Washington DC to Portland is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Portland is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Portland to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Timberline Lodge.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, McLean House, Multnomah Falls, St. Mary's Catholic Church
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Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo

1
night
Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hit the slopes at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mt. Hood National Forest, and then admire the sheer force of Little Zigzag Falls.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Timberline Lodge online trip planner .

You can drive from Portland to Timberline Lodge in 1.5 hours. In May in Timberline Lodge, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Timberline Lodge

Nature Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mt. Hood National Forest, Little Zigzag Falls
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Mt. Hood National Forest ©
Mt. Hood National Forest
Little Zigzag Falls ©
Little Zigzag Falls

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Tillamook Rock Light are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Take a break from Cannon Beach with a short trip to Rockaway Beach Wayside in Rockaway Beach, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park and enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach vacation planning website .

Traveling by car from Timberline Lodge to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. Traveling from Timberline Lodge in May, you will find days in Cannon Beach are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach Wayside, Manzanita Beach, Fort Clatsop National Memorial
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial

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.
Bring the kids along to Pike Place Market and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Visiting Mount Ellinor and Woodland Park Zoo will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in May: highs in Seattle hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Mount Ellinor, Mercer Slough Nature Park
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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

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