30 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

30 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

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30 days in Pacific Northwest Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Underwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Olympia
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h
6
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
8
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + ferry:  3​h 30​min
9
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + tram + Fly + bus:  5​h
10
Bend
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Columbus

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Pittock Mansion and Eastbank Esplanade. Get outdoors at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Sokol Blosser Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Carlton Winemakers Studio (in Carlton), Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville) and Stoller Family Estate (in Dayton). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Oregon Garden, learn about winemaking at Willamette Valley Vineyards, look for all kinds of wild species at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, and meet the residents at Oregon Zoo.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Portland tour site .

Columbus to Portland is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbus to Portland is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Columbus in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Portland. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Underwood.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Sokol Blosser Winery, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon Garden
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:
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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion

2
nights
Underwood

Underwood ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, contemplate the geological forces at Mount Hood, examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, then learn about winemaking at Marchesi Vineyards & Winery, then identify plant and animal life at Bonneville Hatchery, and finally snap pictures at Bridge of the Gods.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Underwood attractions planner.

Getting from Portland to Underwood by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Underwood, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Underwood

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Hood River, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visit Cannon Beach and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Haystack Rock and Manzanita Beach. Explore Cannon Beach's surroundings by going to Tillamook (Tillamook Air Museum, Cape Lookout State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, stop by Bruce's Candy Kitchen, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seaside Aquarium, and make a trip to Turnaround at Seaside.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Underwood to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Underwood in July, with highs in Cannon Beach at 68°F and lows at 55°F. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tillamook, Seaside, Manzanita Beach, Nehalem Bay State Park, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, explore the activities along Columbia River Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Flavel House Museum, then examine the collection at Marsh's Free Museum, then stroll through Long Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Fort Stevens State Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Astoria trip planner .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Astoria in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Astoria can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Astoria

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Long Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column

2
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Tolmie State Park and then try to win big at Nisqually Red Wind Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Washington State Capitol Campus, head outdoors with Mystic Journeys, explore the engaging exhibits at Hands On Children's Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Priest Point Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tumwater Falls Park, and finally try to win big at Little Creek Casino Resort.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympia trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Astoria to Olympia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Astoria in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Olympia, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympia

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Tumwater Falls Park, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Wolf Haven International, Little Creek Casino
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
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Tolmie State Park ©
Tolmie State Park
Tumwater Falls Park ©
Tumwater Falls Park
Wolf Haven International ©
Wolf Haven International

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ashford Creek Pottery and then take an in-depth tour of Longmire Museum. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, admire the sheer force of Narada Falls, then admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, and finally appreciate the views at Paradise Valley.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Mount Rainier National Park road trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Olympia to Mount Rainier National Park in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Ashford Creek Pottery
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

3
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 in touch with nature at Alki Beach and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Pike Place Market and Chihuly Garden and Glass are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Ed Munro Seahurst Park (in Burien), Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (in Issaquah) and Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area (in North Bend). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pioneer Square, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Woodland Park Zoo, and get some jogging in at Discovery Park.

Discover how to plan a Seattle trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In July in Seattle, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 60°F at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Mercer Slough Nature Park, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Seahurst Beach Park, Rattlesnake Lake Recreation Area
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Kiln Point State Park, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Island Studio. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Schooners North, take in the dramatic natural features at Cattle Point, admire all the interesting features of Northwest Classic Daysailing, then make a trip to Orcas Island Pottery, then experience rural life at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, and finally admire the majestic nature at Moran State Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Friday Harbor using our trip planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect Friday Harbor to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Olga, Northwest Classic Daysailing, Orcas Island Pottery
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park

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nights
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.
Visiting Ruby Beach and Hurricane Ridge will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, hike along Second Beach Trail, explore the activities along Crescent Lake, and stroll through Sol Duc Falls.

For maps and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Olympic National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bend.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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nights
Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Step out of the city life by going to Smith Rock State Park and Tumalo Falls. Take a break from Bend with a short trip to Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Deschutes National Forest, get a new perspective on nature at High Desert Museum, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and hike along Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bend road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Olympic National Park to Bend in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Olympic National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bend, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Bend

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Redmond, Aspen Lakes Golf Course, Sunriver Resort
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Tumalo Falls ©
Tumalo Falls

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Rim Village and Butte Creek Mill will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Crater Lake National Park and Wizard Island will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Central Point (Rogue Creamery, Lillie Belle Farms Artisan Chocolates, & more) and The Oregon Vortex House of Mystery (in Gold Hill). And it doesn't end there: hike along Cleetwood Cove Trail, cruise along Rim Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Rogue River, and admire the sheer force of Vidae Falls.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Bend to Crater Lake National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Central Point, Butte Creek Mill, The Oregon Vortex House of Mystery
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Wizard Island ©
Wizard Island
Rim Village Visitor Center ©
Rim Village Visitor Center

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