6 days in Portland & Seattle Itinerary

6 days in Portland & Seattle Itinerary

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6 days in Portland & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
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 discover tucked-away gems like Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and Cannon Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Live Laugh Love Art and Domaine Serene. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway, examine the collection at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Washington DC to Portland is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Portland. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Domaine Serene, Live Laugh Love Art, Columbia River Highway, Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Cannon Beach
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Live Laugh Love Art ©
Live Laugh Love Art
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then stop by Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Smith Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Seattle, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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