20 days in Seattle, Portland & California Itinerary

20 days in Seattle, Portland & California Itinerary

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20 days in Seattle, Portland & California Itinerary

London
Fly:  12​h
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  2​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
London

3
days
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Visiting Alki Beach and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and stop by Chukar Cherries.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Seattle itinerary planner.

London, UK to Seattle is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Seattle is minus 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight

2
days
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, get outside with Portland Timbers, and then appreciate the views at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip builder.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Portland sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
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Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Portland Timbers ©
Portland Timbers

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, stroll through Baker Beach, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder.

Fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Portland in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

3
days
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary creator.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. On the 29th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Monterey

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Point Lobos State Reserve, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

2
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Hermosa Beach Pier, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Monterey to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Monica, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier

3
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Relax by the water at Mission Beach Park and Children's Pool. It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

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