12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Medford
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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 Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. Visiting Alki Beach and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will get you outdoors. When in Seattle, make a side trip to see Mount Walker in Olympic National Park, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, walk around Mercer Slough Nature Park, and contemplate the long history of West Point Lighthouse.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle road trip planning website .

Washington DC to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December, daytime highs in Seattle are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Mercer Slough Nature Park, Mount Walker
Highlights from your plan
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hoyt Arboretum.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland online tour planner .

Fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Medford.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Sokol Blosser Winery, Columbia River Highway
Highlights from your plan
Hoyt Arboretum ©
Hoyt Arboretum
Sokol Blosser Winery ©
Sokol Blosser Winery
Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway

1
night
Medford

Medford ©
Medford is a city in, and county seat of, Jackson County, Oregon, United States. To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Medford trip itinerary app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Portland to Medford. In December in Medford, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Medford

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Bear Hotel Artworks Museum
Highlights from your plan
Upper and Lower Table Rock ©
Upper and Lower Table Rock
Rogue River ©
Rogue River
DANCIN Vineyards ©
DANCIN Vineyards

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Medford to Monterey with the Route module. Traveling from Medford in December, things will get a bit warmer in Monterey: highs are around 62°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Joullian Vineyards & Winery, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
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 Marin Headlands will get you outdoors. Visit Fort Funston National Park and Ocean Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Nob Hill, and take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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