8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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8 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
Seattle
— Few hours
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h 15​min
3
Astoria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Newport
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Detroit

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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 26th (Sat): walk around Mercer Slough Nature Park and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seattle holiday planner .

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Seattle. In October, daytime highs in Seattle are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Mercer Slough Nature Park ©
Mercer Slough Nature Park

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nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
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 27th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park and then stroll through Hurricane Ridge. On the next day, kick back and relax at Ruby Beach and then delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Olympic National Park when traveling from Seattle in October, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Astoria.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

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Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Fort Clatsop National Memorial and then pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Maritime Museum, stroll through Cannon Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Astoria itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Olympic National Park to Astoria takes 7.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cannon Beach
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Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 31st (Thu), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and then visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Astoria to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Newport, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
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