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Roses To Ranches: A Road Trip From The Pacific Northwest To Jackson Hole

Portland, Oregon Area To Jackson Hole

Starting in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, this road trip can easily be done in just two days, or lengthened with stops in and around some of the cities along the way.

Heading across Oregon and into Idaho, this route starts in the mountains and heads into the plains before climbing back into the mountains again. You’ll enjoy beautiful vistas across both states, and will go through several national forests as well. You may just choose to linger longer and take in the vast beauty across Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming, so keep your itinerary loose and enjoy the ride.

Major Cities Along Route (distance to Jackson, WY):

Portland, OR (797 Miles)

Pendleton, OR (588 Miles)

Boise, ID (369 Miles)

Twin Falls, ID (249 Miles)

Pocatello, ID (141 Miles)

Idaho Falls, ID (89 Miles)

Route Highlights:

Make Boise, ID your overnighter and check out a variety of restaurants, breweries and shops among vibrant downtown. Need a pick me up? After all that time in the car, check out Camel’s Back park at the North End and stretch those legs. Afterwards, reward yourself with a local brew & dinner on the patio of one of Boise’s tap houses. There’s no shortage of places to stay either, so you’ll find something to fit your fancy.

Insider’s Tips:

History Awaits on the Oregon Trail Drive and at Massacre Rocks State Park

If you’re taking a road trip from Oregon to Jackson Hole, be sure to drive on Oregon’s I-84. This route mirrors the historic Oregon Trail, and is a great way to experience some history along your trip. The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Burns Oregon is also a must see, offering living history demonstrations, multimedia presentations, and historical exhibits.

Massacre Rocks State Park also has a national landmark where you can quickly hike to see old wagon wheel ruts along the Snake River. As a part of the original Oregon Trail, this park is also steeped in history and full of fun outdoor activities. With several campgrounds and rest areas available, it’s the perfect spot to stop and rest during your travels.

Explore the Great Outdoors at Seaside Cannon Beach and Multnomah Falls

Seaside Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast is also a must see! This beautiful beach is located in the small seaside coastal town of Cannon Beach, Oregon, and known for its expansive, sandy beach. Tufted Puffins also reside here seasonally, and can be seen atop Cannon Beach’s Haystack rock.

Multnomah Falls is also a great landmark to visit, and is a popular one! Over 2 million visitors will arrive at this destination each year, and for good reason. The waterfall cascades from over 620 feet, with two large drops. Plan a hike over Benson Bridge, and enjoy the walk over the waterfall itself!

Random “Can’t Miss” Spot

The trip from the Pacific Northwest to Jackson Hole wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Portland, Oregon for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This science museum is full to the rafters with exhibits including a physics lab, turbine hall, space hall, science playground  and a retired submarine. They also have rotating exhibits year round – definitely a must-see spot during your trip.

A road trip from the Pacific Northwest to Jackson Hole should definitely be on your bucket list this year! And if you’re looking for more ways to enjoy your trip, read our post about the top 8 things to do in Jackson Hole this summer!


Evergreen tree in front of rocky landscape.