8 days in Seattle & Portland Itinerary

8 days in Seattle & Portland Itinerary

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8 days in Seattle & Portland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Portland
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: San Francisco

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Washington State History Museum. Get some historical perspective at Pioneer Square and King Street Station. When in Seattle, make a side trip to see Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seattle day trip site .

San Francisco to Seattle is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tahoma National Cemetery, Washington State History Museum
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

4
nights
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.
Do your shopping at Powell's City of Books and Northwest (Nob Hill). Your inner history buff will appreciate Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Step out of Portland with an excursion to Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach--about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, walk around McLean House, get to know the fascinating history of Eastbank Esplanade, and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Portland travel route planning site .

Getting from Seattle to Portland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Columbia River Highway, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, McLean House, Ecola State Park, Fort Clatsop National Memorial
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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