19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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Seattle
Foot to Seattle Boeing Field, Fly to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
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North Cascades National Park
— 2 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Toutle
Drive
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Astoria
— 1 night
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Florence
— 3 nights
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Timberline Lodge
Drive
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Hood River
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 1 night
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Olympia
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Seattle

Emerald City

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.
To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle driving holiday planner.

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Minneapolis in July since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 60°F. You'll set off for Friday Harbor on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 3 nights
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cattle Point. Get outdoors at Lime Kiln Point State Park and San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan, see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, and relax and rejuvenate at Lavendera Massage.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in July; daily highs in Friday Harbor reach 74°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Tours

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North Cascades National Park

— 2 nights
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
Visiting Washington Pass and Lake Ann Trail will get you outdoors. Step out of North Cascades National Park with an excursion to Mt Baker Ski Area in Glacier--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at North Cascades National Park, stroll through Mt Baker, admire all the interesting features of N Cascades Hwy, and take some stellar pictures from Diablo Lake Vista Point.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the North Cascades National Park route maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Friday Harbor to North Cascades National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, trek along Trail of the Shadows, then appreciate the views at Paradise Valley, and finally trek along Skyline Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from North Cascades National Park to Mount Rainier National Park. In July in Mount Rainier National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 53°F at night. You will leave for Toutle on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Toutle

Toutle is an unincorporated community in Cowlitz County, Washington. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get outside with Sasquatch Adventures and then look and learn at Johnston Ridge Observatory.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Toutle itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Mount Rainier National Park to Toutle takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Toutle can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Astoria.

Things to do in Toutle

Childrens Museums · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Astoria

— 1 night

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column, stop by Fernhill Glass, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Rey Beach State Recreation Site, and finally appreciate the history behind Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument.

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Traveling by car from Toutle to Astoria takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Toutle in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Astoria, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Florence

— 3 nights
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Escape the urban bustle at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest and Sandland Adventures. Family-friendly places like Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Heceta Beach will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Florence: Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area (in Newport), Yachats State Park (in Yachats) and Mike Miller Park (in South Beach). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Sea Lion Caves, visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, immerse yourself in nature at Darlingtonia State Natural Site, and hike along Hobbit Trail.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Florence trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Astoria to Florence in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. August in Florence sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Timberline Lodge.

Things to do in Florence

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Timberline Lodge

Perched high on the south face of one of the most iconic peaks in the Pacific Northwest, Timberline Lodge is the ski and snowboarding area known for the eponymous historic lodge, the design of which emphasizes the area's natural beauty.
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Timberline Lodge trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Timberline Lodge by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Florence in August; daily highs in Timberline Lodge reach 81°F and lows reach 60°F. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Hood River.

Things to do in Timberline Lodge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Hood River

— 2 nights
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mount Hood. Explore Hood River's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Maupin) and Bonneville Lock & Dam (in Cascade Locks). And it doesn't end there: trek along Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge, see the interesting displays at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, relax in the rural setting at Hood River Lavender Farms, and head outdoors with Big Winds.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hood River, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Timberline Lodge to Hood River takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Portland

— 1 night

City of Roses

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 9th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Portland online route builder.

You can drive from Hood River to Portland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Portland sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Olympia

Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Olympia trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Olympia takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portland in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Olympia, with lows of 52°F. You'll set off for Seattle on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Olympia

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Fun & Games

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Puget Sound Express and then don't miss a visit to Edmonds Historical Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Olympia to Seattle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Olympia in August, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.