22 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

22 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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22 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Bend
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hood River
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Portland
— 3 nights
Train:  4​h
5
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Ferry:  6​h
7
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
8
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Deschutes National Forest, immerse yourself in nature at Smith Rock State Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bend planner .

Washington DC to Bend is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get a bit cooler in Bend: highs are around 67°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Smith Rock State Park, Oregon Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
Deschutes National  Forest ©
Deschutes National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, then stroll through Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, and then examine the collection at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Bonneville Lock & Dam, then go for a walk through Rowena Crest Viewpoint, and then take a memorable drive along Hood River County Fruit Loop.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Hood River trip planner .

Drive from Bend to Hood River in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Bend in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hood River, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Mosier, Hood River County Fruit Loop, Bonneville Lock & Dam, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): look for gifts at Cloud and Leaf Bookstore, then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and finally kick back and relax at Cannon Beach. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park, immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hood River to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hood River in May, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cloud and Leaf Bookstore, Fort Stevens State Park
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, walk around Hoyt Arboretum, and hike along Forest Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Portland trip planner .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Portland in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in May, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, then trek along Skyline Trail, then hike along Trail of the Shadows, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park online tour planner .

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. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Portland in May since evenings lows in Mount Rainier National Park dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

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.
Step out of Olympic National Park with an excursion to B&B Family Farm in Sequim--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, stroll through Second Beach Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rialto Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Olympic National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Mount Rainier National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

B&B Family Farm
Highlights from your plan
B&B Family Farm ©
B&B Family Farm
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan, immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Turtleback Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Whale Museum and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor driving holiday planner .

Getting from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor by ferry takes about 6 hours. In May in Friday Harbor, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

Turtleback Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zip San Juan ©
Zip San Juan
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

5
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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Space Needle, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 52°F in Seattle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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