8 days in Washington State & Portland Itinerary

8 days in Washington State & Portland Itinerary

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8 days in Washington State & Portland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Leavenworth
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then shop like a local with Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle journey website .

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In March, Seattle is a bit warmer than Minneapolis - with highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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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

2
nights
Leavenworth

Leavenworth ©
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Cup and Kettle, look for gifts at The Oil & Vinegar Cellar, then look for gifts at D-Olivo, then take an in-depth tour of Chelan County Museum and Pioneer Village, and finally browse for treasures at Apple Annie's Antique Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Schocolat, look for all kinds of wild species at Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, then trek along Icicle Ridge Trail, and finally stop by Kris Kringl - The All Around Christmas Store.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Leavenworth vacation planner.

You can drive from Seattle to Leavenworth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Seattle in March, expect Leavenworth to be little chillier, temps between 51°F and 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Long Beach.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cashmere, D-Olivo
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D-Olivo ©
D-Olivo
Apple Annie's Antique Gallery ©
Apple Annie's Antique Gallery

1
night
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach is a city in Pacific County, Washington, United States. On the 6th (Wed), explore the activities along Columbia River Maritime Museum, appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, and then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Long Beach trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Leavenworth to Long Beach in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Leavenworth in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Long Beach, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Long Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Astoria, Cannon Beach
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

2
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.
On the 8th (Fri), examine the collection at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church, then contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, take a peaceful walk through The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, and then steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Portland itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Long Beach to Portland takes 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, St. Mary's Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

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