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Seattle to Portland drive

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 Tasty N Sons
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Seattle to Portland road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Seattle to Portland. If you're planning a road trip to Portland, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Seattle and Portland. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Seattle and Portland. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in Seattle
drive for about 35 minutes

10:35 am  Tacoma
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:35 am
drive for about 56 minutes

12:31 pm  Centralia
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:31 pm
drive for about 1 hour

2:31 pm  Rainier
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:31 pm
drive for about 56 minutes

4:27 pm  eat at Tasty N Sons
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:27 pm
drive for about 6 minutes

5:33 pm  arrive in Portland
eat at Voodoo Doughnuts
stay at Ace Hotel Portland

driving ≈ 3.5 hours

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Seattle to Portland questions

profile  John from Omaha, Nebraska asked:
Best way to get to Portland  (2 answers)

profile  Brianna from Myrtle Beach asked:
Seattle and Portland! What are hidden gems in these cities?  (9 answers)

profile  Tienzai from Portland (Maine) asked:
Cheap accommodation for one person  (8 answers)

profile  Kaitlyn from Fryeburg, Maine asked:
Recommended Breweries in Seattle & Portland?  (6 answers)

profile  Heather asked:
Best restaurants and hikes in and around the Seattle area?  (6 answers)

profile  Julia asked:
Seattle and Portland: best vegetarian restaurants?  (5 answers)

profile  Tina from Los Angeles asked:
Beautiful scenery & must see/eat places in Seattle & Portland  (5 answers)

profile  David from Baltimore asked:
Outdoor Activities in the Pacific Northwest  (3 answers)

profile  Brian from Vancouver asked:
Vancouver to Portland Roadtrip  (0 answers)

Where should I stop along the way?

Tacoma  (15 answers)
    Museum of Glass  (5 mentions)
    LeMay - America's Car Museum  (3 mentions)
    Tacoma Art Museum  (2 mentions)
    The Swiss  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Tacoma:
        Duke's Chowder House
        The Lobster Shop
    questions about Tacoma:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Tacoma?
        What is Tacoma weather like in the summer?

Centralia  (2 answers)
    questions about Centralia:
        Local things to do


Tasty N Sons  (11 mentions)

Where's the best place to stay in Portland?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Portland.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Ace Hotel Portland, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Nines, Portland  (7 mentions)
Hotel Monaco Portland  (4 mentions)
The Heathman Hotel  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Portland? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Portland?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Voodoo Doughnuts, which was mentioned 27 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Tasty N Sons  (11 mentions)
Lardo  (10 mentions)
Potato Champion  (9 mentions)
Pok Pok Restaurant  (9 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Portland? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Portland?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Powell's City of Books  (17 mentions)
Japanese Gardens  (15 mentions)
Portland Saturday Market  (13 mentions)
Timberline Lodge  (12 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Portland. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Portland?  (13 answers)

profile  Matt from Atlanta asked:
Mid July: 1 week with wife and kid - what should we prioritize?  (12 answers)

profile  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Best coffee shops in Portland  (10 answers)

profile  Beth from Maryland asked:
Visiting in July for 5 days with my boyfriend, where and what must we do?  (9 answers)

profile  Marilyn from Vancouver asked:
Artsy area with fun little shops  (8 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Portland.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Portland to Seattle drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Seattle? Try searching for places within 3 hours of Seattle.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Seattle to Portland. Or get a full Seattle to Portland flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Seattle well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Seattle!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 173 miles
driving time of 2 hours, 48 minutes
270 Seattle travel answers
15 Tacoma travel answers
2 Centralia travel answers
1 Rainier travel answer
245 Portland travel answers


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