12 days in Portland, Olympic National Park & Seattle Itinerary

12 days in Portland, Olympic National Park & Seattle Itinerary

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12 days in Portland, Olympic National Park & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 4 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Boston

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Johnston Ridge Observatory and Portland Art Museum. Get in touch with nature at Ape Cave and Tryon Creek State Natural Area. There's lots more to do: trek along Forest Park, stroll around Mount Tabor Park, take an in-depth tour of Oregon Historical Society, and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip itinerary planner .

Boston to Portland is an approximately 8.5-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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Boston in July since evenings lows in Portland dip to 59°F. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ape Cave, Johnston Ridge Observatory
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Johnston Ridge Observatory ©
Johnston Ridge Observatory
Ape Cave ©
Ape Cave
Forest Park ©
Forest 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Tree Root Cave, then kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Merriman Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park travel route planner.

You can take a train from Portland to Olympic National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, expect Olympic National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 52°F. On the 20th (Sat), you're off toSeattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Merriman Falls, Tree Root Cave
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Second Beach Trail ©
Second Beach Trail

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studio. Escape the urban bustle at Fishing Charters & Tours and Washington Park Arboretum. Venture out of the city with trips to LeMay - America's Car Museum (in Tacoma), Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie) and Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, stroll around Kerry Park, and kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Seattle using our trip planner.

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Olympic National Park in July: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 79°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, LeMay - America's Car Museum, Bloedel Reserve
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Bloedel Reserve ©
Bloedel Reserve

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