18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Stanford
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Portland
— 4 nights
Train:  4​h
3
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
North Cascades National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
End: Stanford

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 7th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleetwood Cove Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, take in the dramatic scenery at Toketee Falls, then head off the coast to Wizard Island, and finally cruise along Rim Dr.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Crater Lake National Park trip maker tool .

Stanford to Crater Lake National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Stanford in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Crater Lake National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
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Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Cleetwood Cove Trail ©
Cleetwood Cove Trail
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr

4
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.
Get outdoors at Ecola State Park and Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Cannon Beach (Haystack Rock, Oswald West State Park, & more), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Multnomah Falls (in Troutdale). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, identify plant and animal life at Camassia Natural Area, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Portland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Columbia River Highway
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

2
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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): hike along Skyline Trail, then trek along Trail of the Shadows, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs. On the next day, hike along Paradise Loop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Paradise Valley.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Portland to Mount Rainier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Portland in September; daily highs in Mount Rainier National Park reach 25°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

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 15th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and finally take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, and then work some fitness into your day at Discovery Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seattle day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in September, Seattle is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours Parks Museums
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Discovery Park ©
Discovery Park
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

2
nights
North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park ©
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
On the 17th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Washington Pass, then cruise along N Cascades Hwy, and then admire the sheer force of Ladder Creek Falls. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Blue Lake Trai and then hike along Cascade Pass.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the North Cascades National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Seattle to North Cascades National Park. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 11°C in North Cascades National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Washington Pass ©
Washington Pass
Cascade Pass ©
Cascade Pass
N Cascades Hwy ©
N Cascades Hwy

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Hurricane Ridge and Ruby Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Marymere Falls (in Port Angeles) and Tree Root Cave (in Forks). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, kick back and relax at Rialto Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake, and take a memorable drive along Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from North Cascades National Park to Olympic National Park with the Route module. In September in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tree Root Cave, Marymere Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

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