17 days in Washington State, Oregon & Redwood National Park Itinerary

17 days in Washington State, Oregon & Redwood National Park Itinerary

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17 days in Washington State, Oregon & Redwood National Park Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 day
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Grants Pass
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Portland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Hood River
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis


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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Golden Gardens Park and then stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle journey builder .

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Seattle is minus 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Golden Gardens Park ©
Golden Gardens Park
Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): hike along Second Beach Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ozette Loop Hike, and then cruise along Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Bunch Creek Falls, hike along Kalaloch Beach Trail 4, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Deer Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park driving holiday planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to Olympic National Park. Traveling from Redwood National Park in August, you will find days in Olympic National Park are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Second Beach Trail ©
Second Beach Trail
Ozette Loop Hike ©
Ozette Loop Hike

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 6th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Lightship Columbia, contemplate the long history of Clark's Dismal Nitch, then enjoy the sea views from North Head Lighthouse, and finally trek along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fort George Brewery and Public House.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Astoria trip builder website .

You can take a bus from Olympic National Park to Astoria in 7.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Astoria are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

North Head Lighthouse, Clark's Dismal Nitch
Highlights from your plan
Lightship Columbia ©
Lightship Columbia
Astoria Oregon Riverwalk ©
Astoria Oregon Riverwalk

2
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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Cape Foulweather, then immerse yourself in nature at Beverly Beach State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Seal Rock State Wayside.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Newport road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Astoria to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Astoria in August: highs in Newport hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Newport

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Seal Rock State Wayside, Beverly Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cape Foulweather ©
Cape Foulweather
Seal Rock State Wayside ©
Seal Rock State Wayside
Beverly Beach State Park ©
Beverly Beach State Park

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach and then stroll through Trillium Falls Hike. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park travel app .

You can drive from Newport to Redwood National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grants Pass.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Highlights from your plan
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

2
nights
Grants Pass

Grants Pass ©
Grants Pass is a city in, and the county seat of, Josephine County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Great Cats World Park, admire the natural beauty at Upper and Lower Table Rock, and then take in the views from The Wimer Covered Bridge. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Rogue Creamery, then contemplate the long history of EdenVale Winery, then contemplate the long history of Butte Creek Mill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Rogue River.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grants Pass trip builder site .

Drive from Redwood National Park to Grants Pass in 3.5 hours. While traveling from Redwood National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grants Pass, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Grants Pass

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Medford, Great Cats World Park, The Wimer Covered Bridge, Rogue Creamery, Butte Creek Mill
Highlights from your plan
Great Cats World Park ©
Great Cats World Park
Upper and Lower Table Rock ©
Upper and Lower Table Rock
Butte Creek Mill ©
Butte Creek Mill

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, hike along Annie Creek Canyon, then take in the dramatic scenery at National Creek Falls, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Klamath Museum and then stroll through Sun Notch Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park trip planner .

Getting from Grants Pass to Crater Lake National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Grants Pass in August, you will find days in Crater Lake National Park are somewhat warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Prospect, Fort Klamath Museum
Highlights from your plan
Castle Crest Wildflower Trail ©
Castle Crest Wildflower Trail
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Fort Klamath Museum ©
Fort Klamath Museum

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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 15th (Thu): wander the streets of Northwest (Nob Hill), then do a tasting at Erath Vineyards Winery, then learn about winemaking at Archery Summit Winery, and finally do a tasting at Winter's Hill Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Benson Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then take a memorable drive along Cape Horn Lookout, and finally stroll through Angels Rest Trail.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland journey planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Portland in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in August, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Hood River.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Dayton, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Horn Lookout, Angels Rest Trail, Erath Vineyards Winery
Highlights from your plan
Archery Summit Winery ©
Archery Summit Winery
Winter's Hill Estate ©
Winter's Hill Estate

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nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. You've now added Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sat), go for a walk through Rowena Crest Viewpoint, then do a tasting at Sunshine Mill Winery, and then stroll through Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at The Gorge White House, then learn about winemaking at Wy'East Vineyards, and then explore and take pictures at Hood River County Fruit Loop.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Hood River trip planner .

You can drive from Portland to Hood River in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Hood River can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hood River

Outdoors Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Starvation Creek State Park, Hood River County Fruit Loop, Rowena Crest Viewpoint, Sunshine Mill Winery
Highlights from your plan
Rowena Crest Viewpoint ©
Rowena Crest Viewpoint
Wy'East Vineyards ©
Wy'East Vineyards
Mt. Hood Winery ©
Mt. Hood Winery

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