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.
On the 21st (Sun), see the world from above with a helicopter tour. On the next day, explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Seward vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Seward is minus 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vancouver in July: high temperatures in Seward hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Anchorage.

Things to do in Seward

Nature Parks Wildlife

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.
Visiting Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Virgin Creek Falls Trail will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Alaska Native Heritage Center and Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kincaid Park and meet the residents at Alaska Zoo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Anchorage trip app .

You can drive from Seward to Anchorage in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Anchorage, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Outdoors Trails
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.
Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Step out of the city life by going to Tracy Arm Fjord and Nugget Falls. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Glacier Smoothie Soaps LLC, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendenhall Glacier, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Juneau in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Anchorage in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Juneau, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature 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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Raptor Center, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then admire the striking features of Russian Bishop's House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sitka online driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Juneau to Sitka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. July in Sitka sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Sitka

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks
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.
On the 31st (Wed), get all the information you need at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument, then immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ketchikan day trip planning site .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Sitka to Ketchikan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up 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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pike Place Market and Alki Beach. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Burien to see Seahurst Beach Park about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Space Needle, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Seattle Asian Art Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle travel planner.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Ketchikan to Seattle is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ketchikan in July; daily highs in Seattle reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping

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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haystack Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

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

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in August, things will get little chillier in Cannon Beach: highs are around 25°C and lows about 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.
On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Eastbank Esplanade, and finally head outdoors with Portland Timbers. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Park Blocks, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Portland online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, you will find days in Portland are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo

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