14 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

14 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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14 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Asuncion
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Train:  5​h
4
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Astoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Asuncion

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day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planner .

Asuncion, Paraguay to Seattle is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Paraguay Time (PYT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. In September, Seattle is little chillier than Asuncion - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
On the 19th (Wed), see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, and then relax in the rural setting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip builder app .

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seattle in September since evenings lows in Friday Harbor dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum
Pelindaba Lavender Farm ©
Pelindaba Lavender Farm

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Longmire Museum, and then trek along Skyline Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): hike along Wonderland Trail, then take in the natural beauty of Longmire Springs, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Box Canyon Loop.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Friday Harbor to Mount Rainier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Mount Rainier National Park can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Portland.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Box Canyon Loop ©
Box Canyon Loop
Wonderland Trail ©
Wonderland Trail

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, then identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and then steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Willamette Valley, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Serene, and then trek along Forest Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Portland holiday planner.

Take a train from Mount Rainier National Park to Portland in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in September since evenings lows in Portland dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Columbia River Highway, Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, Domaine Serene
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Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway
Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site ©
Domaine Serene ©
Domaine Serene

3
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Visiting Columbia River Maritime Museum and Astoria Column will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannon Beach and Oswald West State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Astoria side-trips: Haystack Rock (in Cannon Beach) and Manzanita Beach (in Manzanita). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks and hike along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Astoria trip planner .

Traveling by car from Portland to Astoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Astoria, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Manzanita Beach
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

3
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Heceta Head Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area and Darlingtonia State Natural Site. Get out of town with these interesting Newport side-trips: Hobbit Trail (in Florence) and Yachats (Little Log Church & Thor's Well). It doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and admire the majestic nature at South Beach State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Newport online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Astoria to Newport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Astoria in September, you will find days in Newport are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Florence, Yachats, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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