17 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

17 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Pacific Northwest trip planner

Make it your trip
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Hood River
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coos Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 5 nights
Drive
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Leavenworth
— 3 nights
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Hood River

— 1 night
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. On the 5th (Sun), see human ingenuity at work at Bonneville Lock & Dam and then snap pictures at Bridge of the Gods. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and then explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Hood River trip planner.

Washington DC to Hood River is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Hood River is minus 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Hood River at 41°F and lows at 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to The Historic Carousel and Museum in Albany (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: stop by Powell's City of Books, hike along Forest Park, don't miss a visit to Pittock Mansion, and delve into the lush surroundings at The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Hood River to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Portland sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Coos Bay.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Coos Bay

— 2 nights
Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Cape Arago State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Shore Acres State Park. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to McCullough Memorial Bridge and then relax in the rural setting at Cranberry Sweets.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Coos Bay trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Portland to Coos Bay takes 4 hours. Traveling from Portland in December, expect nights in Coos Bay to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Coos Bay

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Cannon Beach

— 2 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 12th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Coos Bay to Cannon Beach in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Seattle

— 5 nights

Emerald City

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.
Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Discover Nature (in Mount Rainier National Park) and Tacoma (5 Mile Drive & Trails, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, pick up some local products at Pike Place Market, admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and walk around Volunteer Park Conservatory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seattle trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Leavenworth.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

Leavenworth

— 3 nights
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll around Front Street Park, stop by Kris Kringl - Where It's Christmas All Year Long!, and then get to know the resident critters at Leavenworth Reindeer Farm. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Eagle Creek Ranch and then ride a horse along Mountain Springs Lodge Sleigh Rides.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Leavenworth tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Seattle to Leavenworth in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect Leavenworth to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°F and 22°F. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21: