18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Florence
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bend
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Government Camp
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden and then trek along Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Mountt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, admire the sheer force of Wahclella Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Latourell Falls, and finally take in the views from Benson Bridge.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, read Portland trip itinerary planner.

Atlanta to Portland is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Portland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Astoria.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ape Cave, Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge, Mountt St Helens National Volcanic Monument, Latourell Falls
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Ape Cave ©
Ape Cave
Powell Butte Nature Park ©
Powell Butte Nature Park

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 3rd (Tue), make a trip to Goonies House, immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: work some fitness into your day at Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, then hike along Cathedral Tree Trail, then see the interesting displays at Columbia River Maritime Museum, and finally admire all the interesting features of Astoria Column.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Astoria holiday builder app .

You can drive from Portland to Astoria in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Portland in September: highs in Astoria hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cannon Beach
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Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column

3
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seal Rock State Wayside and Sand Master Park. Get in touch with nature at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and Darlingtonia State Natural Site. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Yachats State Park in Yachats, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Hobbit Trail, putt your heart out at Sandland Adventures, Head underground at Sea Lion Caves, and admire the sheer force of Sweet Creek Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Florence online route planner .

Drive from Astoria to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September in Florence, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yachats, Seal Rock State Wayside, Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, Sweet Creek Falls
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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area ©
Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area
Seal Rock State Wayside ©
Seal Rock State Wayside
Sand Master Park ©
Sand Master Park

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 8th (Sun): hike along Garfield Peak, then trek along Cleetwood Cove Trail, then cruise along Rim Dr, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Watchman Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Scott, then trek along Sun Notch Trail, then trek along Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, and finally stroll through Pinnacles Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Florence to Crater Lake National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Florence in September, expect nights in Crater Lake National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Cleetwood Cove Trail ©
Cleetwood Cove Trail
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Mount Scott ©
Mount Scott

4
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.
Get outdoors at Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tumalo Falls and Hosmer Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bend: Salt Creek Falls (in Oakridge), Steelhead Falls (in Crooked River Ranch) and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Painted Hills Unit (in Dayville). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Todd Lake, grab your bike and head to Phil's Trailhead, delve into the lush surroundings at Shevlin Park, and explore the striking landscape at Balancing Rocks.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bend travel route planner .

Getting from Crater Lake National Park to Bend by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September; daily highs in Bend reach 73°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Government Camp.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Salt Creek Falls, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Painted Hills Unit, Steelhead Falls
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Salt Creek Falls ©
Salt Creek Falls
Todd Lake ©
Todd Lake
Hosmer Lake ©
Hosmer Lake

3
nights
Government Camp

Government Camp ©
Government Camp is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, south of Mount Hood and north of Tom Dick and Harry Mountain. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Little Crater Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mount Hood and Starvation Creek State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Government Camp: Eagle Creek Trail (in Cascade Locks) and Multnomah Falls (in Troutdale). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Trillium Lake, walk around Wildwood Recreation Site, and admire the sheer force of Little Zigzag Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Government Camp travel route planning app .

Getting from Bend to Government Camp by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bend in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Government Camp, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Government Camp

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, Mount Hood, Wildwood Recreation Site, Multnomah Falls, River Rafting & Tubing
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Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
River Rafting & Tubing
Trillium Lake ©
Trillium Lake

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