17 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

17 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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17 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bend
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Forks
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Port Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Diego

2
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Pinnacles Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, take in the dramatic scenery at National Creek Falls, then hike along Annie Creek Canyon, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Garfield Peak.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park vacation builder app .

San Diego to Crater Lake National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in May: highs in Crater Lake National Park hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Prospect, Umpqua National Forest
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Garfield Peak ©
Garfield Peak
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Sun Notch Trail ©
Sun Notch Trail

2
nights
Bend

Bend ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at High Desert Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, then stroll through Lava Cast Forest Trail, and then contemplate the geological forces at Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bend trip planning app .

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Bend in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in May: high temperatures in Bend hover around 67°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lava Cast Forest Trail, Smith Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
Newberry National Volcanic Monument ©

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): cruise along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Well, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, take in the exciting artwork at Alderhouse Glass Blowers, and then immerse yourself in nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport travel route website .

Getting from Bend to Newport by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bend in May, expect nights in Newport to be a bit warmer, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yachats, Alderhouse Glass Blowers
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2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 15th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, view the masterpieces at Icefire Glassworks, and then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hug Point State Recreation Site, appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, and then explore the galleries of Columbia River Maritime Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach planning site .

You can drive from Newport to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Forks.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria, Hug Point State Recreation Site
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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nights
Forks

Forks ©
Forks is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Second Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Third Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): examine the collection at John's Beachcombing Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at First Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Push Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Forks attractions planning website .

Drive from Cannon Beach to Forks in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Angeles.

Things to do in Forks

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

La Push
Highlights from your plan
La Push Beach ©
La Push Beach
First Beach ©
First Beach
John's Beachcombing Museum ©
John's Beachcombing Museum

2
nights
Port Angeles

Port Angeles ©
Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, then trek along Second Beach Trail, and then explore the activities along Crescent Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): experience rural life at B&B Family Farm, then take in the dramatic scenery at Marymere Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Storm King.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Port Angeles trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Forks to Port Angeles in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Port Angeles

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Sequim
Highlights from your plan
Second Beach Trail ©
Second Beach Trail
Crescent Lake ©
Crescent Lake
Marymere Falls ©
Marymere Falls

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, hike along Trail of the Shadows, and then get outside with Reflection Lakes. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Narada Falls and then trek along Box Canyon Loop.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Port Angeles to Mount Rainier National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Mount Rainier National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls
Narada Falls ©
Narada Falls
Reflection Lakes ©
Reflection Lakes

2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), trek along Snoqualmie Falls, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Wilderness Arboretum, then stroll through Alki Beach, and then stroll through Kerry Park.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle driving holiday planner .

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in May since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

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