9 days in Hood River, Portland & Crater Lake National Park Itinerary

9 days in Hood River, Portland & Crater Lake National Park Itinerary

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Hood River
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Crater Lake National Park
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Hood River — 2 nights

The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): hit the slopes at Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Hood, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Trillium Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, then admire the engineering at Bonneville Lock & Dam, and then explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hood River trip planner.

San Diego to Hood River is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in August since evenings lows in Hood River dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.
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Portland — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls. On your second day here, make a trip to Pittock Mansion, get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Pioneer Courthouse Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland day trip planner.

You can drive from Hood River to Portland in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Crater Lake National Park.
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Crater Lake National Park — 3 nights

Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Crater Lake National Park. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cleetwood Cove Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, trek along Pinnacles Overlook Hike, and step off the mainland to explore Wizard Island.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Crater Lake National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Portland in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Crater Lake National Park, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for home.
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A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.
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