8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
Foot to Seattle Boeing Field, Fly to Friday Harbor
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Anacortes, Bus to Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park
— 1 night
— 1 night
Oregon City
— 1 night
— 1 night


Seattle — 2 nights

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.
Seattle is known for museums, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

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

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Seattle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Outdoors

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island — 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan, then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor visit planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier 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 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Theme Parks

Olympic National Park — 1 night

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): hike along Second Beach Trail and then cruise along Hurricane Ridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Astoria.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

Astoria — 1 night

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and then pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Astoria trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Astoria. In July, daytime highs in Astoria are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oregon City.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Oregon City — 1 night

Oregon City is the county seat of Clackamas County, Oregon, United States, located on the Willamette River near the southern limits of the Portland metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at McLoughlin Promenade and then relax in the rural setting at Fiala Farms.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oregon City travel route planner.

Drive from Astoria to Oregon City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Astoria in July, expect nights in Oregon City to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Portland.

Portland — 1 night

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 12th (Tue): stop by Powell's City of Books, walk around Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Portland trip planner.

Portland is just a short distance from Oregon City. In July, daytime highs in Portland are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Shopping

San Juan Islands travel guide

Dolphin & Whale Watching · State Parks · Landmarks
Experience island living Pacific Northwest-style by visiting the San Juan Islands. Of the 176 named islands here, Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan are the three that cater to visitors. Orca whales roam the waters from April to September, and rolling farmland inland gives way to small coastal towns filled with art galleries and boutiques. The islands' small mountains offer vistas over the water to the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic mountain range. The island region offers prime sea kayaking, biking tours, birding, and saltwater fishing. The populated isles attract a lot of summer tourism but remain quiet the remainder of the year.

Oregon Coast travel guide

State Parks · Beaches · Geologic Formations
The Beaver State
Saved from the pitfalls of modern urban development by government decisions made in the 1910s, the Oregon coast remains one of the country's most picturesque natural places to visit, featuring more than 80 state parks. Tourism from around the world thrives here all year long, with visitors eager to drive up and down this scenic stretch of the Pacific coastline, marked by rocky headlands and lush vegetation. Crossed by rivers and dotted with dense forests, the area offers nature lovers a chance to boat, fish, hike, and whale-watch. Start your Oregon vacation by exploring the northern end of the coastline, famous for its vibrant beach resorts and quaint seaside retreats.