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Be prepared for a bit of anything. Could be cold even snow , could be sunny weather with temperatures in the 60s. I like the train suggestion for moving from one city to the other. Any recommendation on which city to visit first? Seattle and Portland are both great cities to visit, but they have different vibes to them.

Which one you visit first will depend on what type of traveling experience you want. Do you want to jump in with both feet, visit the busier city first and then wind down with a mellower experience? Make your first stop Seattle. Hi there! We are from Southern California and have both never been to Seattle! Our plan is to spend a week, half in Seattle and half in Portland. Do you recommend , flying to Seattle and then driving to Portland and then flying home as opposed to adding an extra flight from Seattle to Portland? Maybe a train, or renting a car for a day to drive over there.

Also, were thinking dates from December 28, — January 3, Is there a lot to do in Seattle for New Years? Thank you so much for your help! Also, any other suggestions on what to do and what to see are greatly appreciated! My favorite way to get from Seattle to Portland is to take the train. Just like traveling by car, though, taking the bus leaves you vulnerable to delays caused by heavy traffic.

Love your page! We will be flying in Saturday morning March 11th, and leaving Wednesday the 15th around midday.

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We are staying at the Green Tortoise Hostel and looking for places that are kid friendly and a mixture of indoor and outdoor things to do for first timers! Also any tips on what to pack and good places to eat on a budget would be helpful. Thanks in advance! As far as packing goes, plan for chilly and wet. Jeans, layers, a good jacket, a hat, and good walking shoes should suffice. Also, the food court at Seattle Center has lots of great, cheap, locally-owned options, and Green Leaf in Belltown and the International District serves up fantastic Vietnamese at a great price.

First off, thanks so much for your super informative and helpful website. You obviously put a lot of work into it. My husband and I are interested in moving to Washington and would like to schedule an initial trip during off-peak to get a real feel for the Seattle area and Northwest region — so tourist meets prospective residents during the least pleasant weather. Any suggestions or recommended resources?

And there are always the islands! Vancouver and Portland are super close — just across the Columbia river from each other. Then spend a night in Portland to explore that area a bit. Portland area. Hi Thank you for this great website about Seattle. Really very informative and complete. Are those places really worth to see, despite Seattle which has already been in my bucket list? Of course I also plan to stay in Seattle for a few more days to explore the city. Thank you Albert N.

This is a very ambitious itinerary for eight days! You may be limited to using the Carbon River and Nisqually entrances. Check here for more information on seasonal closings. Spend a night there, and then back to Seattle to explore. Weather in Seattle in March is a bit of a mixed bag. Daffodils and cherry trees will be in bloom. I have already booked tickets for seattle and would be there from 22nd Nov to 28th Nov. I read on different sites about the seattle weather that is normally bad for tourists during Nov but I want to go to Mt. Rainier so can anyone tell me whether it is recommended to visit Mt.

Rainier during Nov end? All campgrounds and picnic areas in the park will have closed for the season by the time you arrive. Some visitor centers at the park have already closed for the season, but if you happen to hit some nice weather in late November, there are still a few that will be open. My friends and I are going to Seattle November I know its really rainy and lots of attractions are shut but what do you recommend to see or do you know of anything going on that weekend? If you and your friends appreciate a good cabaret show, check out the Can Can Kitchen or the Saturday night cabaret at the Pink Door — both located in Pike Place Market.

Or go all out and do the dinner show at Teatro Zinzanni.

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And any time of year is good for a food or wine tasting tour. We have booked a trip to Seattle for February 9th — 12th. Are there any attractions that close due to weather? Like the boat tours? What else would you recommend?


The Seattle Aquarium , also on the waterfront, makes for a fun hour or two. The Underground Tour in Pioneer Square is great at any time of year. If many of these attractions appeal to you, consider saving some money by purchasing a CityPass. More good news for you is that February is generally the month in which Seattle starts to dry up a bit. The heavier storms of November through January are done, and if there is rain it tends to be of the drippy or misty variety.

February sees a bit more sun than the previous months as well, and the daffodils are beginning to bloom around the city. The autumn has begin… Do the leaves change their color? Have a nice day. Annie Ng. One of the best ways to see the fall leaves is to take a stroll in the Washington Park Arboretum and nearby Japanese Garden.

Can we still take the ferry to the San Juan Islands in November? I just booked November 12thth for our golden anniversary. My hubby has never been there but I have and loved the ferry ride to Orca Island after a Seattle visit and tour.

We will have a car rental. What about going up Mt.

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I was there in August and realize weather may be a factor trying to revisit these awesome places. Your assistance is greatly needed.

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You are a great resource for us travelers….. Sincerely, Donna White. You can definitely take a ferry to the San Juans in November and you can even reserve your spot. Helens might be a different story, as that experience is more likely to be impacted by the cold and wet. Evergreen Escapes offers a great Mt. My wife and I will be visiting Seattle for the first time this year early December.

According to my readings December is not a popular time of the year to be visiting, but the Carolina Panthers vs Seattle Seahawks seem like a super exciting match up! I would like to know what are we in for on this trip weatherwise?

Any other tips and places you recommend would be appreciated! Weather wise, December in Seattle is not great. We rarely get snow, but some people find the damp chill worse. Pike Place Market is entirely covered, and a great spot to visit year-round — take a tour and drink a pint at Pike Place Brewery. Astoria's penchant for embracing both tradition and the avant-garde is evident in its kitchens. Cruise to Astoria and stop by a chef-led restaurant for modernist plates that highlight local ingredients in dishes like Oregon albacore with preserved garlic or duck breast from a nearby farm served with roasted beets and turnips.

And stop by one of the creative craft breweries that line the pier for a pint overlooking the Columbia River.

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Since its founding as a fur trade depot, Astoria has been home to craftspeople and artists. Today, bespoke jewelry, wooden bow ties and artisan home goods are among the variety of crafts that pay homage to the creativity and history of this city. Look for shops in museums and in the downtown area with your Astoria cruise.

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We're having trouble retrieving these cruises. View All Results. Choose another country or region to browse and shop for cruise deals local to you. Back to Main Menu. The Astoria Column monument in Oregon Climb the Column The Astoria Column is the highest point in the city, offering panoramic views of the area from its viewing platform at the top. Sliced duck breast on a white plate with a fork Local Cuisine Astoria's penchant for embracing both tradition and the avant-garde is evident in its kitchens.

A rack with fur coats at a store Shopping Since its founding as a fur trade depot, Astoria has been home to craftspeople and artists.