26 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

26 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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26 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sisters
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Yachats
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Hood River
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Portland
— 6 nights
Fly + foot:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Dedicate the 16th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take a stroll through Pioneer Square, and meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Seattle planning website .

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, expect Seattle to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Mount Rainier National Park is known for nature, trails, museums, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, trek along Skyline Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, and see the interesting displays at Longmire Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park day trip planning app .

Getting from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Mount Rainier National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sisters.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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

2
nights
Sisters

Sisters ©
Sisters is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park, wander the streets of City of Sisters, and then explore and take pictures at McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Drake Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Deschutes River, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Deschutes National Forest.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Sisters trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Sisters with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sisters when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in October, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Sisters

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bend, Smith Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop ©
McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop
Deschutes National  Forest ©
Deschutes National Forest

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Crater Lake National Park side-trips: Collier Memorial State Park (in Chiloquin), Rogue River (in Medford) and Moore Park (in Klamath Falls). Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Crater Lake National Park. The adventure continues: trek along Garfield Peak.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Crater Lake National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Sisters to Crater Lake National Park takes 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sisters in October: high temperatures in Crater Lake National Park hover around 71°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yachats.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rogue River, Collier Memorial State Park, Moore Park
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rogue River ©
Rogue River
Garfield Peak ©
Garfield Peak

1
night
Yachats

Yachats ©
Yachats is a small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. On the 26th (Fri), take a leisurely stroll along Yachats coastline, then look for gifts at The Chocolate Frog, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, then tour or see a game at Sand Master Park, and then kick back and relax at Heceta Beach.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yachats travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Yachats in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from Crater Lake National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Yachats, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Yachats

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Florence, Nye Beach, The Chocolate Frog
Highlights from your plan
Yachats coastline ©
Yachats coastline
Sand Master Park - Sandboarding ©
Sand Master Park - Sandboarding

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Astoria (Astoria Column & Fort Stevens State Park). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, look for gifts at Bronze Coast Gallery, and stroll through Manzanita Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yachats to Cannon Beach takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hood River.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria, Beach Books, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

2
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. On the 31st (Wed), stroll through Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Mt. Hood National Forest. On the next day, examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, then explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and then take in the views from Bridge of the Gods.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hood River trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Hood River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Hood River are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Bridge of the Gods, Mt. Hood National Forest
Highlights from your plan

6
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), Carlton Winemakers Studio (in Carlton) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and head outdoors with Portland Timbers.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Portland day trip website .

Getting from Hood River to Portland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Hood River in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 42°F in Portland. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Multnomah Falls, Carlton Winemakers Studio
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

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