11 days in California & Portland Itinerary

11 days in California & Portland Itinerary

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11 days in California & Portland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then stroll around La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego online route builder .

Detroit to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Detroit in September since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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nights
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and get great views at Washburn Point.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carmel, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and China Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Union Square, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

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night
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.
To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Portland day trip site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September in Portland, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Breweries & Distilleries Parks
Highlights from your plan
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

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