9 days in Pacific Northwest & San Francisco Itinerary

9 days in Pacific Northwest & San Francisco Itinerary

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9 days in Pacific Northwest & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Olympia
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Corvallis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Bandon
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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.
On the 19th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Laurelhurst Park and then explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, then identify plant and animal life at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Portland online attractions planner .

Minneapolis to Portland is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Cooper Mountain Nature Park, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

1
night
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wolf Haven International, then identify plant and animal life at Tumwater Falls Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Tolmie State Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Olympia vacation planning tool .

Getting from Portland to Olympia by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Portland in September, plan for little chillier nights in Olympia, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Corvallis.

Things to do in Olympia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tumwater Falls Park, Wolf Haven International
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Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park
Tumwater Falls Park ©
Tumwater Falls Park
Wolf Haven International ©
Wolf Haven International

2
nights
Corvallis

Corvallis ©
Corvallis is a city in central western Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and then identify plant and animal life at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Peavy Arboretum and then identify plant and animal life at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Corvallis day trip tool .

You can drive from Olympia to Corvallis in 3.5 hours. In September in Corvallis, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bandon.

Things to do in Corvallis

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge
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1
night
Bandon

Bandon ©
Bandon is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States, on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Whiskey Run Beach, then identify plant and animal life at Coquille Point, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bandon trip maker tool .

You can drive from Corvallis to Bandon in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Corvallis in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Bandon: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bandon

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint ©
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
Coquille Point ©
Coquille Point
Whiskey Run Beach ©
Whiskey Run Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Mori Point in Pacifica, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bandon to San Francisco in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bandon in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Mori Point
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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