15 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

15 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pacific Northwest attractions planner

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Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 1 night
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hood River
— 2 nights
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Bend
— 2 nights
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Seattle

— 2 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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Seattle road trip planner.

Durham to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Seattle is minus 3 hours. In September, Seattle is little chillier than Durham - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 night
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, then trek along Skyline Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Comet Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seattle in September since evenings lows in Mount Rainier National Park dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Olympic National Park

— 4 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Storm King, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, and delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Portland

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then get outside with Portland Timbers, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

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

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Portland with the Route module. Traveling from Olympic National Park in September, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Cannon Beach

— 2 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): stroll through Cannon Beach, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through Haystack Rock, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Portland to Cannon Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Portland in September, plan for slightly colder days in Cannon Beach, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hood River

— 2 nights
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. On the 30th (Thu), explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, then hike along Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Fire Museum in City Hall. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, head outdoors with Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour, and then snap pictures at Bridge of the Gods.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Hood River trip planner.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Hood River in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Hood River can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Bend.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bend

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Deschutes National Forest, admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park, and then get outside with RiverStone Adventures.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bend visit planner.

Getting from Hood River to Bend by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Hood River in October; daily highs in Bend reach 62°F and lows reach 37°F. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Sun).

Things to do in Bend

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip