27 days in Oregon & Houston Itinerary

27 days in Oregon & Houston Itinerary

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Portland
— 3 nights
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Hood River
— 2 nights
Drive
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Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Depoe Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bandon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Brookings
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bend
— 5 nights
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Houston
— 5 nights
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Portland

— 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Willamette Valley and Latourell Falls. Cape Meares Lighthouse and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Wahkeena Falls (in Troutdale), Oneonta Gorge (in Cascade Locks) and Bridal Veil Falls (in Corbett). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Enchanted Forest Theme Park, hike along Forest Park, take in the views from Tilikum Crossing, and stroll through Willamette River Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Portland journey builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Portland. In August, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hood River.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hood River

— 2 nights
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, fly down the slopes at Mount Hood, then explore the activities along Trillium Lake, and finally hike along Mirror Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, then see human ingenuity at work at Bonneville Lock & Dam, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bonneville Hatchery, and finally hike along Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hood River trip app.

Traveling by car from Portland to Hood River takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Hood River can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Astoria

— 2 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, trek along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, examine the collection at Flavel House Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Lightship Columbia, and finally make a trip to Goonies House. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, then kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Nehalem Bay State Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Astoria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hood River to Astoria takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hood River in August, expect Astoria to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Depoe Bay.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Depoe Bay

— 2 nights
Depoe Bay is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, located on U.S. Route 101 next to the Pacific Ocean. On the 18th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach, immerse yourself in nature at South Beach State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Seal Rock State Wayside, and finally take in the views from Yaquina Bay Bridge. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Beverly Beach State Park, take a memorable drive along Otter Crest Loop, then view the masterpieces at The Sparks Gallery, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally don't miss a visit to Boiler Bay State Wayside.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Depoe Bay online travel route planner.

You can drive from Astoria to Depoe Bay in 3 hours. Traveling from Astoria in August, you will find days in Depoe Bay are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Depoe Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Florence

— 2 nights
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Darlingtonia State Natural Site, trek along Hobbit Trail, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Churn, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Well, and finally take in the waterfront at Yachats coastline. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Heceta Beach, don't miss a visit to Siuslaw River Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, and finally enjoy the sea views from Umpqua River Lighthouse, Museum,and Gift shop.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Florence trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Depoe Bay to Florence takes 1.5 hours. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bandon.

Things to do in Florence

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bandon

— 2 nights
Bandon is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States, on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River. On the 22nd (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Bullards Beach State Park, then tee off at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, then stop by Face Rock Creamery, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Watson Falls, admire the majestic nature at Cape Arago State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Shore Acres State Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bandon trip itinerary website.

Getting from Florence to Bandon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August in Bandon, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Brookings.

Things to do in Bandon

Nature · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Brookings

— 2 nights
Brookings is a city in Curry County, Oregon, United States. On the 24th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Rogue River Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Otter Point State Recreation Site, then stroll around Azalea Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Alfred A Loeb State Park. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lone Ranch Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Harris Beach State Park, and finally cruise along Welcome to California.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brookings trip planner.

You can drive from Bandon to Brookings in 2 hours. August in Brookings sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Brookings

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trip

Crater Lake National Park

— 1 night
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 26th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Rim Dr, trek along Cleetwood Cove Trail, then head off the coast to Wizard Island, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnacles Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Brookings to Crater Lake National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from Brookings in August, plan for much warmer days in Crater Lake National Park, with highs around 93°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bend.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trip

Bend

— 5 nights
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 in touch with nature at Tumalo Falls and Off-Road Tours. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint and Sahalie and Koosah Falls. Explore Bend's surroundings by going to Sisters (McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop & City of Sisters) and Dee Wright Observatory (in Blue River). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Lava River Cave, stroll through Trail to Benham Falls, explore the activities along Deschutes River, and admire the majestic nature at Tumalo State Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bend travel route planner.

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Bend in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in August; daily highs in Bend reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Houston.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Houston

— 5 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Take a break from the city and head to Water Wall and Crocodile Encounter. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glenwood Cemetery and Galveston Railroad Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: That Escape Place (in Spring), Galveston (East End Historic District, Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, &more) and La Porte (Battleship Texas State Historic Site & San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Holocaust Museum Houston, observe the fascinating underwater world at Sea Center Texas, immerse yourself in nature at Brazos Bend State Park, and examine the collection at 1940 Air Terminal Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Houston sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Bend to Houston takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bend to Houston. Traveling from Bend in August, expect nights in Houston to be much hotter, around 77°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.