10 days in Hillsboro, San Diego & Pasadena Itinerary

10 days in Hillsboro, San Diego & Pasadena Itinerary

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10 days in Hillsboro, San Diego & Pasadena Itinerary

Start: Portland
Drive:  30​min
1
Hillsboro
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pasadena
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Portland

3
nights
Hillsboro

Hillsboro ©
Hillsboro is the fifth-largest city in the State of Oregon and is the county seat of Washington County. Do some cultural sightseeing at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Cape Meares Lighthouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Haystack Rock and Astoria Column. Get out of town with these interesting Hillsboro side-trips: Cannon Beach (Hug Point State Park & Cannon Beach) and Astoria Oregon Riverwalk (in Astoria). It doesn't end there: cool off at Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hillsboro road trip planning site .

Portland to Hillsboro is an approximately half hour car ride. Traveling from Portland in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hillsboro, with lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Hillsboro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria, Cape Meares Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

4
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Jolla Shores Park and Windansea Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, stroll through Pacific Beach, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hillsboro to San Diego. When traveling from Hillsboro in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Pasadena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight State Beach, Coronado Beach, Del Mar City Beach
Highlights from your plan
Windansea Beach ©
Windansea Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

2
nights
Pasadena

Pasadena ©
Known as the "City of Roses," Pasadena hosts the annual Rose Bowl parade and football game.
On the 31st (Sat), admire the natural beauty at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Gamble House, then explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Robinson Memorial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Kidspace Children's Museum and then find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pasadena trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from San Diego to Pasadena in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Pasadena. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pasadena

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum

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