8 days in Portland, Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge & Cannon Beach Itinerary

8 days in Portland, Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge & Cannon Beach Itinerary

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— 4 nights
Timberline Lodge
— 1 night
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights


Portland — 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Volcano Lands - Private Tours and Willamette River Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Take a break from Portland with a short trip to Latourell Falls in Corbett, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll around Mount Tabor Park, see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Portland trip itinerary planner.

Denver to Portland is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Portland is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Denver in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Portland, with lows of 51°F. You will leave for Timberline Lodge on the 2nd (Thu).
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Timberline Lodge — 1 night

Perched high on the south face of one of the most iconic peaks in the Pacific Northwest, Timberline Lodge is the ski and snowboarding area known for the eponymous historic lodge, the design of which emphasizes the area's natural beauty.
On the 2nd (Thu), delve into the lush surroundings at Mt. Hood National Forest and then fly down the slopes at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Ramona Falls Trail and then experience rural life at Kiyokawa Family Orchards.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Timberline Lodge trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Portland to Timberline Lodge takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Portland in June, you will find days in Timberline Lodge are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.
Nature · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails
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Cannon Beach — 2 nights

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Icefire Glassworks, kick back and relax at Hug Point State Recreation Site, and then kick back and relax at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach day trip tool.

You can drive from Timberline Lodge to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Traveling from Timberline Lodge in June, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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