8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Portland
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bend
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

few
hours
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.
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion and then stop by Powell's City of Books.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Portland online day trip planner .

Washington DC to Portland is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Portland at 66°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Portland

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the activities along Columbia River Maritime Museum, explore and take pictures at Astoria Column, then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Stevens State Park, and finally snap pictures at Astoria-Megler Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, and then stop by Beach Books.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Astoria trip tool .

Drive from Portland to Astoria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Astoria can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Beach Books
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, stop by The Chocolate Frog, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Oregon Oyster Farms, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and then immerse yourself in nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Astoria to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bend.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

The Chocolate Frog, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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 11th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at High Desert Museum, trek along Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, and then look for gifts at Dudley's Bookshop Cafe.

For maps and tourist information, read our Bend tour planner.

You can drive from Newport to Bend in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Newport in October, plan for little chillier nights in Bend, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Museums Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint ©
Dudley's Bookshop Cafe ©
Dudley's Bookshop Cafe

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.
On the 12th (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seattle journey planning site .

Getting from Bend to Seattle by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bend in October since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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