31 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

31 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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31 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Saskatoon
Fly:  14​h
1
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + foot + bus + train + bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Astoria
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tillamook
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Newport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Florence
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Bend
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Ashland
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Saskatoon


5
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Whale Museum and Island Studios. Escape the urban bustle at Pelindaba Lavender Farm and Moran State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Friday Harbor: Deception Pass State Park (in Oak Harbor) and Buck Bay Shellfish Farm (in Olga). The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Kiln Point State Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor day trip planning site .

Saskatoon, Canada to Friday Harbor is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Saskatoon in July, expect Friday Harbor to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 11°C. On the 26th (Fri), you're off toAstoria.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Olga, Deception Pass State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

5
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cape Disappointment State Park and Cannon Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Long Beach and Columbia River Maritime Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Astoria: Ocean Park (Adelaide's Coffee and Sweet Shoppe & Jack's Country Store), Don Nisbett Art Gallery (in Ilwaco) and Ecola State Park (in Cannon Beach). Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Stevens State Park, savor the flavors at Seaside Candyman, stop by Beach Books, and pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Astoria trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Friday Harbor to Astoria takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Traveling from Friday Harbor in July, Astoria is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Tillamook.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ilwaco, Ocean Park, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Long Beach
Highlights from your plan
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Cape Disappointment State Park ©
Cape Disappointment State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

3
nights
Tillamook

Tillamook ©
The city of Tillamook is the county seat of Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. Head to Blue Heron Cheese & Wine Company and Lex's Cool Stufffor some retail therapy. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manzanita Beach and Tillamook County Pioneer Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tillamook: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville) and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (in Pacific City). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Meares Lighthouse, stop by Tillamook Country Smoker, and explore the galleries of Tillamook Air Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Tillamook day trip tool .

You can drive from Astoria to Tillamook in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July in Tillamook, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Tillamook

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Tillamook Country Smoker, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Lex's Cool Stuff, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach
Cape Meares Lighthouse ©
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum ©
Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

4
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Shop till you drop at Jennifer Sears Glass Art Studio and Rock Your World: Pacific Northwest Gem & Jewelry Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Mossy Creek Pottery and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest (in Yachats) and Lincoln City (D River State Recreation Site & Robert's Bookshop). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, stroll through Nye Beach, and stop by Ainslee's Salt Water Taffy.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Newport travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tillamook to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tillamook to Newport due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tillamook in August, you will find days in Newport are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, The Chocolate Frog
Highlights from your plan
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Lincoln City Glass Center ©
Lincoln City Glass Center
Mossy Creek Pottery ©
Mossy Creek Pottery

5
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Shop till you drop at Face Rock Creamery and Backstreet Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint (in Bandon) and Shore Acres State Park (in Coos Bay). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Sandland Adventures, examine the collection at Given Back Bird Houses Working Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Head underground at Sea Lion Caves.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence trip planner.

Traveling by car from Newport to Florence takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Bend.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bandon, Shore Acres State Park, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint ©
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
Shore Acres State Park ©
Shore Acres State Park

5
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 some cultural insight at High Desert Museum and Petersen Rock Garden and Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Deschutes National Forest and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Step out of Bend with an excursion to Smith Rock State Park in Redmond--about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Lava River Cave, stroll through Drake Park, admire the sheer force of Tumalo Falls, and trek along Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bend road trip planning app .

Getting from Florence to Bend by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Florence in August: highs in Bend hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ashland.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Redmond
Highlights from your plan
Sparks Lake ©
Sparks Lake
Tumalo Falls ©
Tumalo Falls
Lava River Cave ©
Lava River Cave

2
nights
Ashland

Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, then stop by Rogue Creamery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Schneider Museum of Art, stop by Lillie Belle Farms, then steep yourself in history at Butte Creek Mill, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lithia Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ashland journey builder site .

Traveling by car from Bend to Ashland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bend in August, things will get a bit warmer in Ashland: highs are around 39°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashland

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Central Point, Butte Creek Mill
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Butte Creek Mill ©
Butte Creek Mill
Rogue Creamery ©
Rogue Creamery

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