16 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

16 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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16 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  5​h
1
Portland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Hood River
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yachats
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Sequim
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Portland to Bridal Veil to see Multnomah Falls about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, meet the residents at Oregon Zoo, and steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip builder .

Phoenix to Portland is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to Portland is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in December: highs in Portland hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hood River.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway
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Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion

2
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Smiley's Red Barn, then see the interesting displays at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, and then explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Summit Ski Area and then explore and take pictures at Hood River County Fruit Loop.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hood River driving holiday site .

Getting from Portland to Hood River by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portland in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hood River, with lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yachats.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Oregon, Summit Ski Area
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Yachats

Yachats ©
Yachats is a small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, then take some stellar pictures from Strawberry Hill Wayside, then view the masterpieces at Wave Gallery, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Yachats coastline.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yachats road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Hood River to Yachats takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hood River in December: high temperatures in Yachats hover around 49°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Yachats

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Strawberry Hill Wayside
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Yachats coastline ©
Yachats coastline
Strawberry Hill Wayside ©
Strawberry Hill Wayside

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 28th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, stroll through Cannon Beach, and then pause for some photo ops at Chief Comcomly Memorial.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach online day trip planner .

You can drive from Yachats to Cannon Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sequim.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Chief Comcomly Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

3
nights
Sequim

Sequim
Sequim is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Sequim side-trips: Harbinger Winery (in Port Angeles) and Olympic National Park (Mount Olympus, Olympic National Park, & more). There's more to do: hike along Second Beach Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequim online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Cannon Beach to Sequim in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in December, plan for slightly colder days in Sequim, with highs around 44°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Sequim

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Harbinger Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mount Storm King
Mount Storm King
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Mount Walker ©
Mount Walker

5
nights
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.
Dedicate the 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sequim to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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