6 days in Portland, Mount Rainier National Park & Seattle Itinerary

6 days in Portland, Mount Rainier National Park & Seattle Itinerary

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6 days in Portland, Mount Rainier National Park & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Train:  4​h
2
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Step out of the city life by going to The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Willamette Valley and Vista House. Step out of Portland to go to Dayton and see Domaine Serene, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and stroll around Forest Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Portland vacation planning tool .

Los Angeles to Portland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Portland dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Domaine Serene, Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge, Columbia River Highway, Vista House
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Willamette Valley ©
Willamette Valley
Domaine Serene ©
Domaine Serene
Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge ©

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Nisqually River, delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Portland to Mount Rainier National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Portland in August, with highs in Mount Rainier National Park at 80°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Nature Parks
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Grove of the Patriarchs ©
Grove of the Patriarchs
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner .

You can take a train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards ©
Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards

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