15 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

15 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Seattle
— 1 night
Foot to Seattle Boeing Field, Fly to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
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Olga, Orcas Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 1 night
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Bend
— 3 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park

— 1 day
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Paradise Valley, then stroll through Skyline Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park trip maker website.

New York City to Mount Rainier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Mount Rainier National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, things will get a bit cooler in Mount Rainier National Park: highs are around 71°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Seattle

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle day trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in September, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nature

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make a trip to English Camp, then admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Friday Harbor day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. Traveling from Seattle in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Friday Harbor, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Olga.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Olga, Orcas Island

— 1 night
Olga is a waterfront unincorporated community on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States.HistoryOlga was founded in 1860, after William Moore homesteaded the region. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Moran State Park, see majestic marine mammals with Outer Island Expeditions, and then make a trip to Orcas Island Pottery.

Plan my day in Olga using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Olga by journey takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Olga can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Olga

Wildlife · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hurricane Ridge and Crescent Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Sol Duc Falls. Go for a jaunt from Olympic National Park to Quinault to see Rain Forest Nature Trail about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rialto Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Olympus, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach.

Plan trip to Olympic National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Olga to Olympic National Park takes 5.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Olympic National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Astoria.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Astoria

— 2 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Astoria Column, tour the pleasant surroundings at Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Stevens State Park, then don't miss a visit to Turnaround at Seaside, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Astoria trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Astoria. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 (Mon), take in the waterfront at Newport's Historic Bayfront, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Churn, then cruise along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and finally enjoy the sea views from Heceta Head Lighthouse. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Mike Miller Park, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, then stroll through Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach.

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Traveling by car from Astoria to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Astoria in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Newport, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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 29th (Wed): appreciate the views at Willamette Valley, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then don't miss a visit to Pittock Mansion, and finally head outdoors with Portland Timbers.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Portland tour itinerary site.

You can drive from Newport to Portland in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Newport, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portland, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Bend.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lava River Cave, then contemplate the geological forces at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and finally admire the sheer force of Tumalo Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at High Desert Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then hike along Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Bend online travel planner.

You can fly from Portland to Bend in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in September, Bend is little chillier at night with lows of 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip