12 days in Texas & Pacific Northwest Itinerary

12 days in Texas & Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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South Padre Island
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— 3 nights
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Bus to Union Station, Portland, Fly to San Diego


South Padre Island — 1 night

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 14th (Sun), stroll the grounds of Old City Cemetery, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Isla Blanca Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail and then identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island visit planner.

San Diego to South Padre Island is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to South Padre Island is 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Diego in August, with highs in South Padre Island at 89°F and lows at 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bend.
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Bend — 3 nights

An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at City of Sisters and Bend Brew Bus. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trails. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falls Creek Trail to Green Lake, take an in-depth tour of Des Chutes Historical Museum, trek along Shevlin Park, and go for a walk through Deschutes River Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bend driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from South Padre Island to Bend in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Bend, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Newport.
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Newport — 4 nights

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Mossy Creek Pottery and Rock Your World: Pacific Northwest Gem & Jewelry Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Taft Bay and Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, Thor's Well, &more) and Alderhouse Glass Blowers (in Lincoln City). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with Marine Discovery Tours, immerse yourself in nature at Agate Beach State Recreation Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Foulweather.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Newport trip planning app.

You can drive from Bend to Newport in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Bend in August, plan for colder days in Newport, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Astoria.
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Side Trips

Astoria — 3 nights

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lightship Columbia and Lewis & Clark Salt Works. Escape the urban bustle at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Step out of Astoria to go to Seaside and see Tillamook Head, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Heritage Museum, stroll through Cathedral Tree Trail, trek along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, and don't miss a visit to Goonies House.

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Getting from Newport to Astoria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Newport in August, expect nights in Astoria to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
Side Trips

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The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.