17 days in Alaska, Washington State & Oregon Itinerary

17 days in Alaska, Washington State & Oregon Itinerary

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17 days in Alaska, Washington State & Oregon Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Seward
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly + Ferry:  2​h
5
Ketchikan
— 1 night
Ferry + Fly:  4​h
6
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Seward

Seward ©
For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, then explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seward road trip app .

Vancouver, Canada to Seward is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vancouver to Seward due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in July, expect Seward to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum. Attractions like Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Alaska Native Heritage Center make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at McHugh Creek Day Use Area. It doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Chugach National Forest and trek along Virgin Creek Falls Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Anchorage trip app .

Getting from Seward to Anchorage by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Tracy Arm Fjord and Zipline. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, and get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Juneau online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anchorage in July: highs in Juneau hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord

1
night
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. On the 30th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sitka road trip planner.

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Creek Street.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Ketchikan can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Creek Street ©
Creek Street

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Get in touch with nature at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Seahurst Beach Park. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Pike Place Market, appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seattle sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Seattle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ketchikan to Seattle. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ketchikan in July, with highs in Seattle at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Seahurst Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 4th (Sun), kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Haystack Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach road trip site .

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in August: high temperatures in Cannon Beach hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Powell's City of Books, then take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, then see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at South Park Blocks. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Portland Timbers, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, then identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Eastbank Esplanade.

Before you visit Portland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Eastbank Esplanade ©
Eastbank Esplanade

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