12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pacific Northwest itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Portland
— 1 night
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Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Sokol Blosser Winery, then stop by Powell's City of Books, then admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, and finally admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip planner.

Detroit to Portland is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Cannon Beach

— 3 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get outdoors at Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Visit Cannon Beach and Rockaway Beach Wayside for some beach relaxation. Take a break from Cannon Beach with a short trip to Astoria Column in Astoria, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach, identify plant and animal life at Hug Point State Recreation Site, and immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach online route planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Portland in September, plan for little chillier days in Cannon Beach, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Get outdoors at Ruby Beach and Hurricane Ridge. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Sol Duc Falls, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, trek along Skyline Trail, and then stroll through Trail of the Shadows.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park route site.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle. On your second day here, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, then take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seattle attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Seattle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Beaches