12 days in Portland, Oregon Coast & Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Itinerary

12 days in Portland, Oregon Coast & Mount Hood & Columbia River Gorge Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Oregon trip itinerary planner

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Portland
— 3 nights
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Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
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Newport
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Hood River
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Portland

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Schreiner's Iris Gardens (in Salem), Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, head outdoors with Portland Timbers, and stop by Powell's City of Books.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Portland vacation planner.

Denver to Portland is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Portland, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Cannon Beach

— 2 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Haystack Rock and then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, shop like a local with Icefire Glassworks, and then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park.

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Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Portland in May, you will find days in Cannon Beach are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest & Yachats coastline) and Lincoln City (Mossy Creek Pottery & Lincoln City Glass Center). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oregon Coast Aquarium, get curious at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and stroll through Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

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Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Newport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in June, plan for slightly colder days in Newport, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Hood River

— 3 nights
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Hood River: Bonneville Lock & Dam (in Cascade Locks) and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area (in Timberline Lodge). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, hike along Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, get impressive views of Mount Hood, and take in the views from Bridge of the Gods.

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Traveling by car from Newport to Hood River takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Newport in June, with highs in Hood River at 72°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Oregon Coast travel guide

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State Parks · Beaches · Geologic Formations
The Beaver State
Saved from the pitfalls of modern urban development by government decisions made in the 1910s, the Oregon coast remains one of the country's most picturesque natural places to visit, featuring more than 80 state parks. Tourism from around the world thrives here all year long, with visitors eager to drive up and down this scenic stretch of the Pacific coastline, marked by rocky headlands and lush vegetation. Crossed by rivers and dotted with dense forests, the area offers nature lovers a chance to boat, fish, hike, and whale-watch. Start your Oregon vacation by exploring the northern end of the coastline, famous for its vibrant beach resorts and quaint seaside retreats.