9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly to Seattle, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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McMinnville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hood River
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Olympic National Park

— 1 night
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Merriman Falls. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park and then take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Chicago to Olympic National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in August, with highs in Olympic National Park at 72°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Cannon Beach

— 1 night
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you're off to McMinnville.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Tours

McMinnville

— 2 nights
McMinnville is the county seat and largest city of Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and then awaken your taste buds at Cellar Door Wine Tours. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Remy Wines, make a splash at Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark, then learn about winemaking at R Stuart & Co., and finally do a tasting at Willamette Valley Vineyards Wine Center.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the McMinnville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to McMinnville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in September: highs in McMinnville hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Hood River.

Things to do in McMinnville

Wineries · Tours · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hood River

— 1 night
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along Mirror Lake Trail, then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Hood, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Full Sail Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, head outdoors with Big Winds, then examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Marchesi Vineyards.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Hood River trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from McMinnville to Hood River in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. When traveling from McMinnville in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Hood River, with highs around 71°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Hood River

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

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 6th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Hood River to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Portland, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Shopping

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.