9 days in Seattle, Portland & Oregon Coast Itinerary

9 days in Seattle, Portland & Oregon Coast Itinerary

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9 days in Seattle, Portland & Oregon Coast Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Florence
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

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.
On the 18th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Space Needle, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stroll through Kerry Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory, and finally admire the striking features of Seattle Public Library.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Seattle itinerary planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Seattle are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Oneonta Gorge, then hike along Columbia River Highway, and then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from St. Johns Bridge, hike along Forest Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Columbia River Highway, Oneonta Gorge, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge
Forest Park ©
Forest Park

1
day
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Thor's Well, cruise along Oregon Coast Hwy, and then putt your heart out at Sandland Adventures.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Florence tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Portland to Florence by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Portland in July, with highs in Florence at 22°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Florence

Scenic Drive Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trips

Thor's Well, Oregon Coast Hwy
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Sandland Adventures ©
Sandland Adventures
Thor's Well ©
Thor's Well

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Fishermen's Memorial Sanctuary, immerse yourself in nature at South Beach State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Seal Rock State Wayside.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Newport road trip planning app .

Drive from Florence to Newport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Newport, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Seal Rock State Wayside
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Seal Rock State Wayside ©
Seal Rock State Wayside
South Beach State Park ©
South Beach State Park

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the galleries of Columbia River Maritime Museum, then stroll through Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Beach Books, then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Astoria driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Newport to Astoria takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Newport in July, expect nights in Astoria to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Beach Books, Manzanita Beach, Oswald West State Park
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Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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