8 days in Pacific Northwest & Alaska Itinerary

8 days in Pacific Northwest & Alaska Itinerary

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8 days in Pacific Northwest & Alaska Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Juneau
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  13​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion and then stop by Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Portland trip itinerary maker app .

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. When traveling from Washington DC in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

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.
Kids will enjoy Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, explore and take pictures at Safeco Field, pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip planner .

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Seattle are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
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Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Juneau-Douglas City Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Juneau trip planner .

Getting from Seattle to Juneau by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Seattle to Juneau, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in April, expect Juneau to be a bit cooler, temps between 49°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Juneau

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Juneau-Douglas City Museum ©
Juneau-Douglas City Museum

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