10 days in California's Central Coast & Portland Itinerary

10 days in California's Central Coast & Portland Itinerary

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10 days in California's Central Coast & Portland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Portland
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then learn about winemaking at McPrice Myers Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip planner .

Detroit to San Luis Obispo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to San Luis Obispo. Traveling from Detroit in September, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Friends of the Elephant Seal, McPrice Myers Winery, Moonstone Beach, Jalama Beach, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
McPrice Myers Winery ©
McPrice Myers Winery

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at 17-Mile Drive and Manresa State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Breakwater and Rio Del Mar State Beach. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing--about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and stroll through Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

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Drive from San Luis Obispo to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aptos, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

4
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ecola State Park and Sokol Blosser Winery. Go for a jaunt from Portland to Bridal Veil to see Multnomah Falls about 38 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Portland travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Monterey to Portland in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, subway, and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Sokol Blosser Winery, Multnomah Falls
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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