15 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

15 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pacific Northwest vacation planner
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Portland
— 3 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Astoria
— 2 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 4 nights
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Portland — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge. Change things up with a short trip to Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn (about 50 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, stroll around Laurelhurst Park, and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portland trip planner.

New York City to Portland is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. April in Portland sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Newport.
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Newport — 2 nights

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 27th (Thu), stroll through Drift Creek Falls Trail, stroll around Siletz Bay Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Newport's Historic Bayfront, brush up on your military savvy at Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, then stroll around Don & Ann Davis Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Agate Beach State Recreation Site.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Portland to Newport in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Portland in April, plan for little chillier days in Newport, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Astoria.
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Astoria — 2 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 29th (Sat), get some jogging in at Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, then visit a coastal fixture at Lightship Columbia, then identify plant and animal life at Astoria Column, and finally do a tasting at Shallon Winery. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument.

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You can drive from Newport to Astoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Astoria are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 2 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 1st (Mon), cruise along Hurricane Ridge and then stroll through Ozette Loop Hike. On your second day here, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalaloch Beach Trail 4.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Astoria to Olympic National Park. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.
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Seattle — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to University of Washington and Seattle Public Library. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Snoqualmie Falls in Snoqualmie--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in nature's colorful creations at Seattle Japanese Garden, walk around Washington Park Arboretum, and wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle day trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Seattle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in May; daily highs in Seattle reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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