9 days in Portland, Vancouver & Seattle Itinerary

9 days in Portland, Vancouver & Seattle Itinerary

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9 days in Portland, Vancouver & Seattle Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
2
Vancouver
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Diego

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 (Fri), hike along Forest Park and then steep yourself in history at Columbia River Highway. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Northwest (Nob Hill), contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, look for all kinds of wild species at Hyland Forest Park, then identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Eastbank Esplanade.

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San Diego to Portland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in April; daily highs in Portland reach 63°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hyland Forest Park, Columbia River Highway
Highlights from your plan
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion
Forest Park ©
Forest Park
Northwest (Nob Hill) ©
Northwest (Nob Hill)

5
nights
Vancouver

Vancouver ©
Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Get some cultural insight at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Vancouver: Astoria Column (in Astoria), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Lewis & Clark Salt Works (in Seaside). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, steep yourself in history at Officers' Row, and take a peaceful walk through Mt. Hood National Forest.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Vancouver holiday planner.

Vancouver is just a stone's throw from Portland. In April in Vancouver, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Vancouver

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria Column, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Lewis & Clark Salt Works, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

2
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 26th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, then take a stroll through Pioneer Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then identify plant and animal life at Mercer Slough Nature Park, and finally explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seattle journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Vancouver to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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