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Seattle to Portland in late June

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Seattle to Portland in late June

We will be visiting Seattle in late June. We are cruising and coming in a few days early to enjoy the area. We have rented a car and would like to drive to Portland via a scenic route. We have 2 days to make this trip if needed. Please offer any ideas, advice etc. so we might pack a lot into those 2 days. Thank you so much!

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1. Re: Seattle to Portland in late June

I just depends what you want to see and do. To drive from Seattle to Portland is a straight shot (3 hours) south on the 5 freeway. Not particularly scenic. So anything scenic you do will be a detour.

You could head over to the Washington coast (take a right a Olympia over thru Aberdeen), you could loop through the Olympic Peninsula before continuing south, or on the other side of the freeway go to see Mt Rainier. Around Portland there's Columbia Gorge, Astoria, over to the Oregon Coast, thru the wine region around McMinnville, etc. all kinds of possibilities. suze

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3. Re: Seattle to Portland in late June

You could go to Mt Rainier (a long day, for sure) or Mt St. Helens (takes 4 hours from Castle Rock). At the south end, you could go to he Columbia Gorge.

It isn't ugly but we mainly just get it over with!

Edited: 20 May 2013, 21:17
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4. Re: Seattle to Portland in late June

Seattle to Yakima via the Cascade Mountains, then south on US 97 through great "old west" country to the Columbia River, then west on the Oregon side of the river to Hood River (OR) then into Portland via the "historic" Columbia Gorge Highway. Total drive time using this route is around 5 1/2 hours vs. 3+ boring hours straight down I-5.

Highlights include the Yakama Tribal center in Toppenish, the Maryhill Museum in Maryhill, and the many waterfalls and viewpoints along the Columbia Gorge (mainly the Oregon side west of Hood River.) Fabulous route.

http://goo.gl/maps/Wq0im

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5. Re: Seattle to Portland in late June

Just take I-5 south, it's really quite a nice drive once you get past Tacoma. Then when you get to Portland drive out to the Columbia Gorge or over the the Oregon Coast. Which BTW is absolutely spectacular. If you have never been there, it is a 'must see'. Or just spend the extra time in Portland. It's a really nice city with lots of interesting places to visit -- post to the Oregon Forum for some other ideas.

Or make the 3-4 hour detour up to Mt. St. Helens (Johnston Ridge), our resident volcano.

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6. Re: Seattle to Portland in late June

Either the Oregon Coast including Cannon Beach and Astoria or Columbia Gorge, Hood River, and the Fruit Loop.

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7. Re: Seattle to Portland in late June

Two days, one night, to get to Portland, see that city, and get back, wouldn't leave much extra time to take "the scenic route" (not sure which route you mean). What do you want to do in Portland, and how much time do you feel you'll need there (i.e., how early do you want to get there the first day and leave the next)? What time do you need to be back in Seattle on the second day?

A few of the options, alluded to above:

http://goo.gl/maps/UGNQP

http://goo.gl/maps/bamhy

http://goo.gl/maps/bamhy

http://goo.gl/maps/uASAU

(of course, a big factor, if you take a side trip, is how much time you want to spend there in addition to driving)

Edited: 24 May 2013, 18:19
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