12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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12 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden. On your second day here, do a tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery, 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, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Portland online road trip planner .

Detroit to Portland is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Portland is minus 3 hours. In September in Portland, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Sokol Blosser Winery
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Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Sokol Blosser Winery ©
Sokol Blosser Winery
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get in touch with nature at Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Relax by the water at Cannon Beach and Rockaway Beach Wayside. When in Cannon Beach, make a side trip to see Astoria Column in Astoria, approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hug Point State Recreation Site.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cannon Beach trip planning app .

You can drive from Portland to Cannon Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Portland in September: highs in Cannon Beach hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria Column, Manzanita Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Rockaway Beach Wayside
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruby Beach and Olympic National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Hurricane Ridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls, take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and trek along Sol Duc Falls.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Mount Rainier National Park sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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

3
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. On the next day, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, explore and take pictures at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and finally appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle road trip planner .

You can take a train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in September, Seattle is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 56°F. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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