9 days in Seattle, Vancouver & Portland Itinerary

9 days in Seattle, Vancouver & Portland Itinerary

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9 days in Seattle, Vancouver & Portland Itinerary

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

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pike Place Market and Christ Our Hope Catholic Church. Step out of the city life by going to Alki Beach and Mercer Slough Nature Park. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, take a stroll through Pioneer Square, and explore the activities along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Seattle online journey planner .

San Diego to Seattle is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect Seattle to be slightly colder, temps between 61°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
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 in touch with nature at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Astoria Column. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vancouver: Lewis & Clark Salt Works (in Seaside), Mt. Hood National Forest (in Welches) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and steep yourself in history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vancouver trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Seattle to Vancouver in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. April in Vancouver sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Lewis & Clark Salt Works, Multnomah Falls, Astoria Column, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area

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 26th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, take in the views from Benson Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, then steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Eastbank Esplanade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, then wander the streets of Northwest (Nob Hill), and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

Start your trip to Portland by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Portland is just a stone's throw from Vancouver. In April, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Columbia River Highway
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Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo

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