13 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

13 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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13 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Chicago
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Underwood
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Olympia
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Chicago

1
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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 6th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

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Chicago to Portland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, Portland is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Underwood.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping

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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden

1
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Underwood

Underwood ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

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You can drive from Portland to Underwood in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Portland, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Underwood, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 62°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Underwood

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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2
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, and then savor the flavors at Seaside Candyman. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Beach Books and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

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Traveling by car from Underwood to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Underwood in August, with highs in Cannon Beach at 70°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Olympia.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Seaside
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Beach Books ©
Beach Books

1
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Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wolf Haven International, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve, and then admire the majestic nature at Tolmie State Park.

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Drive from Cannon Beach to Olympia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Olympia, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Beaches

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Wolf Haven International
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Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park
Wolf Haven International ©
Wolf Haven International
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve ©
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve

4
days
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Relax by the water at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hurricane Ridge and Quinault Big Spruce Tree. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

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Take a bus from Olympia to Olympic National Park in 3 hours. When traveling from Olympia in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

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Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ed Munro Seahurst Park and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mercer Slough Nature Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle online trip builder .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Olympic National Park in August, expect Seattle to be a bit warmer, temps between 79°F and 61°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Mercer Slough Nature Park, Ed Munro Seahurst Park
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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