15 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

15 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

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15 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  6​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Tampa, Florida

3
nights
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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove will get you outdoors. There's more to do: learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip website .

Tampa to San Diego is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Tampa to San Diego. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampa in May: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 71°F and lows are around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Appreciate the collections at Griffith Observatory and Petersen Automotive Museum. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum, get engrossed in the history at Avila Adobe, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker tool .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. On the 16th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1
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 17th (Thu): stop by The Cheese Shop and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carmel online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in Carmel at 65°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and de Young Museum. Let the collections at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip builder site .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, then examine the collection at Portland Art Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Portland State University.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Portland, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Portland Art Museum ©
Portland Art Museum
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

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