8 days in Portland & Seattle Itinerary

8 days in Portland & Seattle Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Portland

— 3 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.
Attractions like Ecola State Park and Portland Children's Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: The Historic Carousel and Museum (in Albany) and Salem's Riverfront Carousel (in Salem). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, meet the residents at Oregon Zoo, stroll around Laurelhurst Park, and examine the collection at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip planner.

Houston to Portland is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to Portland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in December, you will find days in Portland are colder (45°F), and nights are a bit cooler (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Seattle

— 4 nights

Emerald City

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 appreciate attractions like Chihuly Garden and Glass and Bellevue Botanical Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Tacoma (Point Defiance Park & Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Woodland Park Zoo, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and stroll around Volunteer Park Conservatory.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Seattle route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips