13 days in California & Portland Itinerary

13 days in California & Portland Itinerary

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13 days in California & Portland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Glendale
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Hong Kong

3
nights
Glendale

Glendale ©
Glendale is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, then walk around Deukmejian Wilderness Park, and finally walk around Brand Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center, identify plant and animal life at Shambala Preserve, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Neon Art.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glendale trip itinerary planner .

Hong Kong, China to Glendale is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Hong Kong to Glendale, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Glendale when traveling from Hong Kong in December, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Glendale

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bridge To Nowhere, Shambala Preserve, Norton Simon Museum, Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area and Nature Center
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Deukmejian Wilderness Park ©
Deukmejian Wilderness Park
Bridge To Nowhere ©
Bridge To Nowhere
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning site .

Explore your travel options from Glendale to San Simeon with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Glendale in December; daily highs in San Simeon reach 20°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Beaches
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in December since evenings lows in Monterey dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marin Headlands and Grace Cathedral. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the 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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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.
On the 27th (Fri), admire the verdant scenery at Willamette Valley, hike along Forest Park, and then examine the collection at Portland Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway and then immerse yourself in nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

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Getting from San Francisco to Portland by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get slightly colder in Portland: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Columbia River Highway
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Willamette Valley ©
Willamette Valley
Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway
Portland Art Museum ©
Portland Art Museum

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