17 days in Pacific Northwest & Redwood National Park Itinerary

17 days in Pacific Northwest & Redwood National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner
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Vancouver
— 1 night
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Timberline Lodge
— 1 night
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Astoria
— 3 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
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Seattle
— 4 nights
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Vancouver — 1 night

Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. State of Washington, and the largest suburb of Portland, Oregon. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site and then explore the striking landscape at Beacon Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Crown Point State Scenic Corridor, take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, then steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway, and finally go for a walk through Wintler Community Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Vancouver road trip website.

Chicago to Vancouver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Vancouver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Vancouver reach 57°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Timberline Lodge.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Timberline Lodge — 1 night

Perched high on the south face of one of the most iconic peaks in the Pacific Northwest, Timberline Lodge is the ski and snowboarding area known for the eponymous historic lodge, the design of which emphasizes the area's natural beauty.
On the 16th (Thu), experience rural life at Kiyokawa Family Orchards and then contemplate the long history of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Timberline Lodge road trip planning website.

Getting from Vancouver to Timberline Lodge by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Vancouver in March, plan for little chillier days in Timberline Lodge, with highs around 52°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Redwood National Park.
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Redwood National Park — 2 nights

Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Timberline Lodge to Redwood National Park takes 8.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Redwood National Park can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Astoria.
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Astoria — 3 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Relax by the water at Cannon Beach and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Venture out of the city with trips to Manzanita Beach (in Manzanita) and Oswald West State Park (in Cannon Beach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column.

To plan Astoria vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Astoria in 9 hours. In March, daytime highs in Astoria are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 5 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Step out of the city life by going to Ruby Beach and Murhut Falls. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mount Olympus and Hoh River. Step out of Olympic National Park to go to Pacific Beach and see Sandphifer Gallery, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, stroll through Kalaloch Beach Trail 4, take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and trek along Hoh River Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Astoria to Olympic National Park. March in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.
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Seattle — 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Discover Nature and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Seattle. In March, daytime highs in Seattle are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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