7 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

7 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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7 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bend
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and then admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle day trip planning website .

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Seattle is minus 2 hours. In March, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Seattle

#Museums, #Beaches, #Parks
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 22nd (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Astoria Column, see the interesting displays at Columbia River Maritime Museum, then take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge, and finally admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at Seaside Inverted Experience, then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Astoria travel planner .

You can drive from Seattle to Astoria in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. March in Astoria sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside Inverted Experience
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column

1
night
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Mossy Creek Pottery, then identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Newport tour planner.

Traveling by car from Astoria to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Newport, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Newport

#Parks, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Mossy Creek Pottery
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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Mossy Creek Pottery ©
Mossy Creek Pottery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Deschutes River Trail and then get a new perspective on nature at High Desert Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bend online route planner .

Traveling by car from Newport to Bend takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Newport in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Bend, with lows around 31°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bend

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife
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High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Shevlin Park ©
Shevlin Park

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