18 days in Cedar Rapids & Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Itinerary

18 days in Cedar Rapids & Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Itinerary

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Cedar Rapids
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Welches
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Hood River
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Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids ©
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Get out of town with these interesting Cedar Rapids side-trips: Jumer's Casino Rock Island (in Rock Island), Galena (Ulysses S. Grant Home, The Haunted Galena Tour Company, &more) and Dubuque (St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Eagle Point Park, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Brucemore, get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, browse for treasures at Antique Archeology, and get lost in a book at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cedar Rapids tour itinerary planner.

Des Moines to Cedar Rapids is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Des Moines in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Cedar Rapids. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Welches.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Ulysses S. Grant Home ©
Ulysses S. Grant Home
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. ©
Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

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Welches

Welches ©
Welches is an unincorporated community in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Welches: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Corbett (Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, &more) and Wahkeena Falls (in Troutdale). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Oneonta Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, hit the slopes at Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl, and take in the dramatic scenery at Little Zigzag Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Welches road trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cedar Rapids to Welches. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in September, expect nights in Welches to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Welches

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Vista House ©
Vista House
Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge

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Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Hood River side-trips: Bonneville Lock & Dam (in Cascade Locks) and Troutdale (Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint & Envi Adventures). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mount Hood, take in the views from Bridge of the Gods, examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, and learn about winemaking at Marchesi Vineyards.

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

Drive from Welches to Hood River in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum ©
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum ©
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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