23 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

23 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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23 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Bend
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Florence
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Astoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Portland
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
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
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
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.
Visiting High Desert Museum and Tumalo Falls will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Smith Rock State Park and Lava River Cave. Step out of Bend with an excursion to Quail Run Golf Course in La Pine--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, don't miss a visit to Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, walk around Drake Park, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bend trip builder .

New York City to Bend is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Bend due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect nights in Bend to be much colder, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Quail Run Golf Course, Smith Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): cruise along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, and then putt your heart out at Sandland Adventures.

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

Drive from Bend to Florence in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Bend in June, plan for little chillier days in Florence, with highs around 65°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Sandland Adventures ©
Sandland Adventures
Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 24th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Mike Miller Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and finally trek along Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Churn, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Newport route planner .

Getting from Florence to Newport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Newport are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Astoria.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Devil's Churn, Mike Miller Park
Highlights from your plan
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach

3
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Visiting Cannon Beach and Astoria Column will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Astoria: Cannon Beach (Ecola State Park & Hug Point State Park) and Long Beach (in Long Beach). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park and get engrossed in the history at Seaside Museum & Historical Society.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Astoria online trip maker .

Drive from Newport to Astoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside Museum & Historical Society, Long Beach
Highlights from your plan
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Hug Point State Park ©
Hug Point 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Silver Falls State Park and Willamette Valley. Your inner history buff will appreciate Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Oregon Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Mount Hood (in Hood River), Bethel Heights Vineyard (in Salem) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portland route planner .

You can drive from Astoria to Portland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Astoria in June, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can take a train to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Silverton, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Mount Hood, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park

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 Rialto Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Crescent Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympic National Park: Quinault Big Spruce Tree (in Quinault) and Olympic Coast Discovery Center (in Port Angeles). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, hike along Sol Duc Falls, and stroll through Second Beach Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Olympic National Park trip planner.

You can take a train from Portland to Olympic National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Portland in July; daily highs in Olympic National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Olympic Coast Discovery Center, Quinault Big Spruce Tree
Highlights from your plan
Second Beach Trail ©
Second Beach Trail
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then examine the collection at The Whale Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Judd Cove, get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan, and then identify plant and animal life at Lime Kiln Point State Park.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor sightseeing site .

Traveling by ferry from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor takes 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Judd Cove Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Zip San Juan ©
Zip San Juan

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Snoqualmie Falls and Whatcom Falls Park. Get some cultural insight at Pike Place Market and The Museum of Flight. Take a break from Seattle with a short trip to Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville, about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, walk around Kerry Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle road trip tool .

Fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, Whatcom Falls Park, Fort Casey State Park
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Whatcom Falls Park ©
Whatcom Falls Park
Fort Casey State Park ©
Fort Casey State Park

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