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    Starting Point: Portland, Oregon

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Scenic drive in front of a snow-covered mountain
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Pacific Northwest

  • Route distance:
    894 km
  • Suggested Time:
    6 days

Wine, water and whale watching along the coast

The Pacific Northwest refers to the northwestern portion of the USA bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains, primarily the states of Washington and Oregon, but more broadly including parts of California, Idaho and Alaska. This lush region is known for its dramatic coastline, snow-capped mountains and lush forests, as well as unique and independent towns and cities with locals that prize outdoor adventure and local cuisine. A road trip is an ideal way to catch all of the sights this region is famous for. In the span of just a few days, you can experience everything from wine tasting and whale watching to coffee culture and coastal views – all without getting on a plane! What you’ll need: a camera, waterproof hiking boots, plenty of light layers and an appetite for the outdoors.

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Group tour over Multnomah Falls in Columbia Gorge, Oregon
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Photography on the Eastside Promenade over the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon
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Moss covered trees in Columbia Gorge, Oregon
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Nighttime lights on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon
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Starting Point: Portland, Oregon

Start your tour of the Pacific Northwest by flying into Portland, Oregon’s international airport. Here, rent a car and start exploring this famously quirky U.S. city, which draws foodies and culture fiends in droves. Fuel up with a tasty, fun-shaped pastry from Voodoo Doughnut in Old Town and pair it with a fair-trade latte from Portland’s own Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which has now expanded around the USA. Head to the Lan Su Chinese Garden to witness an ancient tea ceremony or to the Portland Art Museum to view the more than 1,800 Japanese works. Don’t forget to peruse Powell’s City of Books, which covers a full city block and holds more than 1.5 million volumes. Don't miss the Pearl District and its boutiques. (Bonus: Oregon does not have a sales tax!) On weekends from March through December, the city’s waterfront park hosts the Portland Saturday Market, a massive open-air crafts market.