If you’re planning a trip the the Upper Northwest, use this suggested road trip itinerary as inspiration. It will take you from one of America’s northernmost towns, to awesome cities like Seattle and Portland, plus quiet towns on the coast. Plus, we’ve included fun things to do in these Northwestern U.S. destinations!
Bellingham, Washington (1 Day/Night)
One of the northernmost U.S. cities, Bellingham offers a unique American experience. You can enjoy whale watching on San Juan Cruises and see the islands of the incredible Upper Northwest. Active travelers enjoy kayaking Bellingham Bay, hiking coastal trails and exploring the nearby islands, mountain biking and much more. For a truly unforgettable activity, consider a visit to camel safari, where you can ride a camel!
For a good meal on the cheap consider stopping at Boomer’s Drive-In; if you’re looking for fine dining, you should try The Fork at Agate Bay.
Seattle, Washington (1 Day/Night)
There are so many things to do in Seattle that you’ll want to get an early start on Day 2! After an hour and a half drive from Bellingham, head to the Pike Place Market, where you can stroll the famous farmers market, which has been in operation since 1907.
Next, select from some of Seattle’s most popular attractions, including:
- • Taking a trip to the top of the iconic Seattle Space Needle
- • Cheering at a baseball game in Safeco field
- • Exploring Woodland Park Zoo or Seattle Aquarium
- • Relaxing with a picnic at Kerry Park
- • Enjoy a day trip to Olympic National Park, one of the most diverse national parks in the U.S.
Aberdeen, Washington (1 Day/Night)
Head back to the Pacific Coast with a two and a half hour drive to Aberdeen, Washington. There are small attractions in Aberdeen like a Kurt Cobain memorial and the Aberdeen Museum of History, but most of the time here is best spent on the water. We suggest an Evening Sail with Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority for couples, or a three-hour Battle Sail for adults and children with a sense of adventure.
Portland, Oregon (1 Day/Night)
You may think you know Portland from the hit comedy show, Portlandia, but Portland is truly a city you have to visit to understand. We suggest visiting some of the top sights, but also allowing yourself to wander and explore the unique culture of Portland. Consider a visit to:
- • Portland Japanese Garden
- • Washington Park & Oregon Zoo
- • Columbia River Gorge
- • Powell’s City of Books
- • Portland Art Museum
When it comes to food, forget restaurants. Some of the best food carts in the world call Downtown Portland home. With more than 600 to choose from, we know you’ll find something to love. Try a different cart at every meal. Oh, but let’s not forget Voodoo Doughnut, a must-eat in Portland.
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Coos Bay, Oregon (1 Day/Night)
A trip to Coos Bay or the neighboring Charleston and North Bend, is centered around the water. From fun water activities and incredible Pacific views to some of the best seafood in the United States, the Coos Bay area is perfect for ocean lovers. Spend the day hiking and relaxing at Sunset Bay State Park, catch crabs and clams like the locals, or take a kayaking excursion on Coos Bay. We know you’ll love this idyllic Pacific Northwest town.