42 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

42 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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42 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Hood River
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Portland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Yachats
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Coos Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Medford
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Redmond
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Mount Rainier National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
11
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Hood River side-trips: Summit Ski Area (in Government Camp), The Dalles Murals (in The Dalles) and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area (in Timberline Lodge). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, stroll through Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mt. Hood National Forest, and take in the exciting artwork at Art on Oak.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hood River day trip planning app .

Lisbon, Portugal to Hood River is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Lisbon to Hood River. In November, Hood River is a bit cooler than Lisbon - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Portland.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oregon, The Dalles, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Summit Ski Area
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). And it doesn't end there: stop by Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and get outside with Portland Timbers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland trip site .

You can take a bus from Hood River to Portland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Hood River in November, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Columbia River Highway, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden

4
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannon Beach: Astoria (Astoria Column, Columbia River Maritime Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haystack Rock, and see the interesting displays at Seaside Inverted Experience.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Portland to Cannon Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yachats.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita, Nehalem Bay State Park, Seaside Inverted Experience
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

2
nights
Yachats

Yachats ©
Yachats is a small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. On the 4th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Yachats State Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Yachats coastline, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and finally admire all the interesting features of Oregon Coast Hwy. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Strawberry Hill Wayside, then have fun at Sand Master Park - Sandboarding, and then putt your heart out at Sandland Adventures.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yachats online holiday planner .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Yachats by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Yachats are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Coos Bay.

Things to do in Yachats

Outdoors Fun & Games Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Florence, Oregon Coast Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Yachats coastline ©
Yachats coastline
Sandland Adventures ©
Sandland Adventures

2
nights
Coos Bay

Coos Bay ©
Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Shore Acres State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Washed Ashore - Gallery & Workshop, and then tee off at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Cape Arago State Park, explore the striking landscape at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bandon State Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Coos Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yachats to Coos Bay takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Coos Bay can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Medford.

Things to do in Coos Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bandon
Highlights from your plan
Shore Acres State Park ©
Shore Acres State Park
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort ©
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint ©

3
nights
Medford

Medford ©
Medford is a city in, and county seat of, Jackson County, Oregon, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint (in Prospect), Crater Lake National Park (in Crater Lake National Park) and Grants Pass (Wildlife Images - Rehabilitation & Education Center & The Glass Forge). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Rogue River, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Ashland, see a show at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Medford online trip planner .

You can drive from Coos Bay to Medford in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Coos Bay in December, things will get little chillier in Medford: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Redmond.

Things to do in Medford

Parks Nature Nightlife

Side Trips

Ashland, Grants Pass, Rogue Creamery, Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, Crater Lake National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Glass Forge ©
The Glass Forge
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rogue River ©
Rogue River

3
nights
Redmond

Redmond ©
Redmond is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Redmond: Sisters (Sahalie and Koosah Falls & McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop), Dee Wright Observatory (in Blue River) and High Desert Museum (in Bend). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Smith Rock State Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Deschutes River, stroll around Drake Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Deschutes National Forest.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Redmond trip planner .

Traveling by car from Medford to Redmond takes 4 hours. In December, Redmond is a bit cooler than Medford - with highs of 5°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Redmond

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bend, Sisters, Dee Wright Observatory
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

5
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 to go to Port Angeles and see Harbinger Winery, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Ellinor, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Redmond to Olympic National Park with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Olympic National Park when traveling from Redmond in December, with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Harbinger Winery
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach

3
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Change things up with a short trip to Ashford Creek Pottery in Ashford (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: trek along Skyline Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows, and contemplate the geological forces at Mount St. Helens.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mount Rainier National Park can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ashford Creek Pottery, Mount St. Helens
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Mount St. Helens ©
Mount St. Helens

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Friday Harbor: Orcas Island Pottery (in Eastsound) and Olga (Moran State Park & Summit Learning Center). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Horseshu Guest Ranch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Turtleback Mountain, and examine the collection at The Whale Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Friday Harbor planning site .

Traveling by flight from Mount Rainier National Park to Friday Harbor takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Olga, Orcas Island Pottery, Turtleback Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Orcas Island Pottery ©
Orcas Island Pottery
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

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.
Take a break from Seattle with a short trip to Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle vacation builder app .

You can fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, daytime highs in Seattle are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Washington State History Museum, Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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