18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Welches
— 1 day
Drive
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The Dalles
— 4 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 3 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 2 nights

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Seattle — 2 nights

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 2nd (Sat), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Seattle sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Seattle. In July, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Portland.
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Portland — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Washington Park, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and then hike along Forest Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Portland are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Crater Lake National Park.
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Crater Lake National Park — 2 nights

Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 6th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Wizard Island, then hike along Cleetwood Cove Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Rim Dr. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park trip tool.

Traveling by car from Portland to Crater Lake National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. While traveling from Portland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Crater Lake National Park, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Portland.
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Portland — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, meet the residents at Oregon Zoo, and then stroll around Washington Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, then examine the collection at Portland Art Museum, and then examine the collection at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Portland trip planner.

Getting from Crater Lake National Park to Portland by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Welches.
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Welches — 1 day

Welches is an unincorporated community in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): trek along Salmon River Trail, identify plant and animal life at Wildwood Recreation Site, and then explore the activities along Trillium Lake.

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Traveling by car from Portland to Welches takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to The Dalles.
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The Dalles — 4 nights

The Dalles is the county seat and largest city of Wasco County, Oregon, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around The Dalles: River Rafting & Tubing (in Maupin) and Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (in Hood River). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, examine the collection at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, explore the world behind art at Maryhill Museum of Art, and do a tasting at Sunshine Mill Winery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the The Dalles trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Welches to The Dalles takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Welches in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in The Dalles, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Portland.
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Portland — 3 nights

Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, &more). Enjoy Portland some more: stop by Powell's City of Books, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, and stroll around Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

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Getting from The Dalles to Portland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from The Dalles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Portland, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can fly to Seattle.
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Seattle — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll, then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and finally head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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