11 days in Seattle & San Diego Itinerary

11 days in Seattle & San Diego Itinerary

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Seattle

— 5 nights

Emerald City

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 some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Bruce Lee Grave Site. Step off the beaten path and head to Puget Sound Express and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: LeMay - America's Car Museum (in Tacoma), Bainbridge Island (Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bloedel Reserve, &more) and Sequalitchew Creek Trail Head (in Dupont). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, see the interesting displays at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, make a trip to Space Needle, and browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seattle travel route planner.

Washington DC to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Seattle due to the time zone difference. In June, Seattle is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Seattle

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Coronado Beach and Del Mar City Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Boardwalk. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (Carlsbad Village & South Carlsbad State Beach) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Seattle to San Diego by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Seattle in July, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips