8 days in Portland & Madison Itinerary

8 days in Portland & Madison Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Portland
— 4 nights
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Madison
— 2 nights
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Portland

— 4 nights

City of Roses

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Powell's City of Books and Oregon Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Cannon Beach (Ecola State Park, Haystack Rock, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, hike along Forest Park, and walk around Laurelhurst Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Portland trip maker website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Portland. November in Portland sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to fly to Madison.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Madison

— 2 nights

The City of Four Lakes

Madison might be the capital of Wisconsin, but students rather than politicians give the city its identity.
Bring the kids along to Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park and Henry Vilas Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Madison: Portage WWII History Museum (in Portage) and Wisconsin Dells (Original Wisconsin Ducks & Noah's Ark Water Park). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Memorial Union Terrace and take in the architecture and design of Alumni Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Madison day trip planner.

You can fly from Portland to Madison in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Portland in November, with highs in Madison at 46°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Madison

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips