9 days in Pacific Northwest & Idaho Itinerary

9 days in Pacific Northwest & Idaho Itinerary

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9 days in Pacific Northwest & Idaho Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Boise
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Tram + Bus + Foot + Ferry:  9​h 15​min
3
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
4
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Newport
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lacamas Park Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Audubon Society of Portland, and finally take in the views from Tilikum Crossing.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Portland travel route planner.

Detroit to Portland is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Portland due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Portland are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Lacamas Park Trail
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Audubon Society of Portland ©
Audubon Society of Portland
Tryon Creek State Natural Area ©
Tryon Creek State Natural Area
Tilikum Crossing ©
Tilikum Crossing

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Boise

Boise ©
From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 28th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Hulls Gulch Nature Trail, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, then wander the streets of Hyde Park, and finally stop by Cinder Wines.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Boise travel route tool .

Traveling by flight from Portland to Boise takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Boise. Traveling from Portland in October, plan for little chillier nights in Boise, with lows around 43°F. You will leave for Friday Harbor on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Boise

Wildlife Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Cinder Wines
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St. John's Cathedral ©
St. John's Cathedral
Cinder Wines ©
Cinder Wines

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get outside with Springtide Paddlesports and then take in the history at American Camp.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Friday Harbor trip website .

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Boise to Friday Harbor in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to Friday Harbor is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Boise, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Friday Harbor, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Historic Sites
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American Camp ©
American Camp

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): trek along 5 Mile Drive & Trails.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Seattle, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

5 Mile Drive & Trails
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5 Mile Drive & Trails ©
5 Mile Drive & Trails
Fishing Charters & Tours
Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site

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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): hike along Ocean to Bay Trail, then kick back and relax at Gleneden Beach State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Agate Beach State Recreation Site, and finally admire the majestic nature at Seal Rock State Wayside. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, then enjoy the sand and surf at Roads End State Recreation Site, and then walk around Whale Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Newport route maker website .

Traveling by car from Seattle to Newport takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Newport are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach State Park, Roads End State Recreation Site, Seal Rock State Wayside
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Agate Beach State Recreation Site ©
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area ©
Roads End State Recreation Site ©
Roads End State Recreation Site

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