20 days in Colorado, Oregon & Washington DC Itinerary

20 days in Colorado, Oregon & Washington DC Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado, Oregon & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
2
Bandon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Grants Pass
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Lincoln City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Portland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Hood River
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Durham


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3
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Eagle Plume Trading Post will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Winter Park Resort and Cache La Poudre Wilderness will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Hallett Peak about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park route site .

Durham to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durham in April: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 64°F and lows are around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Bandon.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park Resort, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Spas
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

2
nights
Bandon

Bandon ©
Bandon is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States, on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): trek along South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, kick back and relax at Coquille Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bandon State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Second Street Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio, then play a few rounds at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, and finally look for gifts at Langlois Market.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bandon trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Estes Park to Bandon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Estes Park in April, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Bandon: temperatures range from 58°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grants Pass.

Things to do in Bandon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Langlois Market, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Coquille Point ©
Coquille Point
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint ©
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
Bandon State Park ©
Bandon State Park

1
night
Grants Pass

Grants Pass ©
Grants Pass is a city in, and the county seat of, Josephine County, Oregon, United States. On the 26th (Sun), look for gifts at Lillie Belle Farms, do a tasting at Del Rio Vineyards & Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Images - Rehabilitation & Education Center, then take in the exciting artwork at The Glass Forge, and finally do a tasting at Plaisance Ranch.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grants Pass trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Bandon to Grants Pass in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bandon in April: high temperatures in Grants Pass hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Lincoln City.

Things to do in Grants Pass

Wineries Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Plaisance Ranch, Del Rio Vineyards & Winery, Lillie Belle Farms
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Del Rio Vineyards & Winery ©
Del Rio Vineyards & Winery
Plaisance Ranch ©
Plaisance Ranch

2
nights
Lincoln City

Lincoln City ©
Lincoln City is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Mossy Creek Pottery, then take in the exciting artwork at Alderhouse Glass Blowers, then admire the majestic nature at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Freed Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, then kick back and relax at Taft Bay, then view the masterpieces at Rock Your World: Pacific Northwest Gem & Jewelry Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lincoln City Glass Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lincoln City route planner .

Traveling by car from Grants Pass to Lincoln City takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Grants Pass in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lincoln City, with lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Lincoln City

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Depoe Bay, Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Lincoln City Glass Center ©
Lincoln City Glass Center
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area ©

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 29th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column, then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Wheeler Station Antiques, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hug Point State Recreation Site, and then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lincoln City to Cannon Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria Column, Wheeler Station Antiques, Hug Point State Recreation Site
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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 1st (Fri): take a memorable drive along Multnomah Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Live Laugh Love Art, then stroll around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery, hunt for treasures at Portland Saturday Market, and then take a stroll through Northwest (Nob Hill).

Plan trip to Portland with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Portland are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Hood River.

Things to do in Portland

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Sokol Blosser Winery, Live Laugh Love Art, Multnomah Falls
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Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Sokol Blosser Winery ©
Sokol Blosser Winery
Live Laugh Love Art ©
Live Laugh Love Art

3
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum and Art on Oak capture your imagination. When in Hood River, make a side trip to see Cottonwood Canyon State Park in Wasco, approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, hike along Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Starvation Creek State Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hood River vacation planner .

You can take a bus from Portland to Hood River in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Hood River, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Hood River

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Starvation Creek State Park, Cottonwood Canyon State Park
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3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Let the collections at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Washington National Cathedral and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Horseshoe Casino (in Baltimore) and Gettysburg National Military Park (in Gettysburg). Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Georgetown University, identify plant and animal life at Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Hood River to Washington DC takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hood River in May: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Arlington, Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary, Gettysburg National Military Park, Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
Washington National Cathedral ©
Washington National Cathedral
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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