12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Seattle
— 1 day
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 2 nights
Drive
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Florence
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mendocino
— 2 nights
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Seattle

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip planner.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Seattle. In December, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Portland

City of Roses

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.
On the 13th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Portland Saturday Market, then deepen your understanding at Portland State University, then get lost in a book at Multnomah County Central Library, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): pedal to the sights with Everybody's Bike Rentals & Tours, take in the views from Hawthorne Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Pioneer Courthouse Square, and finally get your game on at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Portland attractions planner.

You can drive from Seattle to Portland in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Portland are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Astoria.

Things to do in Portland

Shopping · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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Astoria

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 15th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at North Head Lighthouse, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fort George Brewery and Public House, then make a trip to Goonies House, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Malama Day Spa. Keep things going the next day: stop by Beach Books, stop by The Buzz on Broadway, and then stop by Bruce's Candy Kitchen.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Astoria day trip site.

Traveling by car from Portland to Astoria takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in December, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Newport

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Oregon Coast Aquarium, look for gifts at Ainslee's Salt Water Taffy, then view the masterpieces at Rock Your World: Pacific Northwest Gem & Jewelry Gallery, then look for gifts at Robert's Bookshop, and finally relax and rejuvenate at The Spa at Salishan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, snap pictures at Yaquina Bay Bridge, then deepen your understanding at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and finally appreciate the history behind Fishermen's Memorial Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Newport travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Astoria to Newport takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Newport are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Florence

Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, explore the fascinating underground world of Sea Lion Caves, and then take in the exciting artwork at Backstreet Gallery.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Florence online tour planner.

You can drive from Newport to Florence in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Florence sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Mendocino.

Things to do in Florence

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Mendocino

Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 21st (Mon), take a memorable drive along Mendocino Coast, admire the majestic nature at Point Cabrillo Light Station, then get engrossed in the history at Kelley House Museum, and finally look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Husch Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Navarro Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Toulouse Vineyards.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mendocino online itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Florence to Mendocino takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Florence in December, expect little chillier with lows of 35°F in Mendocino. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mendocino

Wineries · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Oregon Coast travel guide

4.2
State Parks · Beaches · Geologic Formations
The Beaver State
Saved from the pitfalls of modern urban development by government decisions made in the 1910s, the Oregon coast remains one of the country's most picturesque natural places to visit, featuring more than 80 state parks. Tourism from around the world thrives here all year long, with visitors eager to drive up and down this scenic stretch of the Pacific coastline, marked by rocky headlands and lush vegetation. Crossed by rivers and dotted with dense forests, the area offers nature lovers a chance to boat, fish, hike, and whale-watch. Start your Oregon vacation by exploring the northern end of the coastline, famous for its vibrant beach resorts and quaint seaside retreats.

Mendocino County travel guide

4.5
Beaches · State Parks · Scenic Drive
Endowed with a dramatic and undeveloped coast and forests of towering redwood trees, Mendocino County draws residents of the San Francisco Bay Area looking for a peaceful vacation. Tranquil sand beaches backed by cliffs offer prime sunset viewing. State parks present scenic hiking and biking options, and wineries serve up fine California vintages. Mendocino County's nutrient-rich soil has also made it a leading area for the cultivation of marijuana--much of which goes to Bay Area medical cannabis dispensaries--and the area has a reputation for brewing fine craft beers. The county also contains numerous points of historical interest, including lighthouses on the coast and museums detailing the region's past. In Mendocino's easygoing towns, you'll encounter small art galleries and charming boutiques.