53 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

53 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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53 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Spokane
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Spokane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Seattle
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + ferry:  6​h
4
Olympic National Park
— 6 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
5
Portland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cannon Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Newport
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Florence
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Ashland
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Bend
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Spokane

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nights
Spokane

Spokane ©
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Step out of the city life by going to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and Riverside State Park. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and Crosby House are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Manito Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Spokane trip planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Spokane. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Riverside State Park, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge ©
Riverside State Park ©
Riverside State Park
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes ©
Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes

7
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.
Visiting Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Seahurst Beach Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Tacoma (Washington State History Museum, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, & more). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Pike Place Market, examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, explore and take pictures at Safeco Field, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Seattle road trip planning tool .

You can fly from Spokane to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Spokane in July, you will find days in Seattle are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tacoma, Seahurst Beach Park, Bellevue Square
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

4
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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.
Family-friendly places like The Whale Museum and Zip San Juan will thrill your kids. San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and Island Studios will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Friday Harbor: Moran State Park (in Olga) and Orcas Island Pottery (in Eastsound). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, and take in the history at American Camp.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor day trip planning app .

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Friday Harbor at 74°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Moran State Park, Orcas Island Pottery, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruby Beach and Sol Duc Falls. There's still lots to do: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, take a peaceful walk through Quinault Rain Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Murhut Falls, and hike along Second Beach Trail.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park trip itinerary site .

Ride a ferry from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park in 6 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Portland.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Eastbank Esplanade and Oaks Amusement Park will thrill your kids. Get a sense of the local culture at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Sokol Blosser Winery (in Dundee), Starvation Creek State Park (in Cascade Locks) and Carlton Winemakers Studio (in Carlton). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway, see the interesting displays at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Northwest (Nob Hill), and take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Olympic National Park to Portland takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In July, Portland is somewhat warmer than Olympic National Park - with highs of 83°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Starvation Creek State Park, Idiot's Grace, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Columbia River Highway
Highlights from your plan
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

5
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get outdoors at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Cannon Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tillamook Air Museum and The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannon Beach: Cape Meares Lighthouse (in Tillamook) and Astoria (Astoria Column, Lightship Columbia, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, stroll through Manzanita Beach, and see the interesting displays at Seaside Inverted Experience.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Astoria, Tillamook, Seaside, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

5
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Kids will enjoy Gleneden Beach State Park and Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Newport side-trips: Yachats (Smelt Sands State Park & Yachats coastline), Lincoln City Glass Center (in Lincoln City) and Albany (Monteith District & The Historic Carousel and Museum). There's still lots to do: visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, hike along Drift Creek Falls Trail, gain insight at Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Newport tour planner.

Drive from Cannon Beach to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, expect nights in Newport to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Depoe Bay, Yachats, Albany, Drift Creek Falls Trail, Seal Rock State Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Yachats coastline ©
Yachats coastline
The Historic Carousel and Museum ©
Lincoln City Glass Center ©
Lincoln City Glass Center

4
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Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Do some cultural sightseeing at Heceta Head Lighthouse and Given Back Bird Houses Working Museum. Get in touch with nature at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest and Yachats State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Florence: Umpqua River Lighthouse (in Winchester Bay) and Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area (in Reedsport). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Sand Master Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Heceta Beach, take a memorable drive along Oregon Coast Hwy, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Well.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Florence sightseeing planner .

Drive from Newport to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Florence are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ashland.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yachats, Reedsport, Umpqua River Lighthouse, Oregon Coast Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Sand Master Park - Sandboarding ©
Sand Master Park - Sandboarding
Heceta Beach ©
Heceta Beach

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nights
Ashland

Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon. Historic Pinehurst Inn and EdenVale Winery will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Glass Forge and Gathering Glass Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Wildlife Images - Rehabilitation & Education Center (in Grants Pass), Crater Lake National Park (in Crater Lake National Park) and Cave Junction (Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve & Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see a show at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, get engrossed in the history at The Favell Museum Native American Artifacts and Contemporary Western Art, and learn about winemaking at LongSword Vineyard.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ashland road trip planner.

You can drive from Florence to Ashland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Florence in August: highs in Ashland hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Ashland

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jacksonville, Cave Junction, Medford, Klamath Falls, Grants Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Eight Dollar Mountain Botanical Area ©

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Smith Rock State Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Do some cultural sightseeing at Oregon Observatory and Dee Wright Observatory. Get out of town with these interesting Bend side-trips: Artists Gallery Sunriver (in Sunriver) and Sisters (McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop & Sahalie and Koosah Falls). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Deschutes National Forest, learn more about the world around you at High Desert Museum, trek along Shevlin Park, and Head underground at Lava River Cave.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bend trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Ashland to Bend takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In August, Bend is a bit cooler than Ashland - with highs of 84°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sisters, Sunriver, Smith Rock State Park, Dee Wright Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
Deschutes National  Forest ©
Deschutes National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing

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