15 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

15 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Sacramento
— 1 night
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Calistoga
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Mariposa
— 2 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Get in touch with nature at Point Defiance Park and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Tacoma to see LeMay - America's Car Museum about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, get lost in a book at Seattle Public Library, make a trip to Space Needle, and stroll around Kerry Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Seattle trip maker site.

Dallas to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Seattle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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.
Let the collections at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum capture your imagination. The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and Seaside Inverted Experience are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, &more), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument (in Seaside). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Willamette Valley, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, stroll around Washington Park, and examine the collection at Portland Art Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Seattle to Portland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Sacramento

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at California State Capitol Museum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento tour site.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Sacramento takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in August, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums · Parks

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Calistoga

Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa, then see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Calistoga sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sacramento to Calistoga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in August, expect Calistoga to be a bit cooler, temps between 82°F and 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Cable Car Museum. Let the collections at Legion of Honor and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of St. Mary, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Calistoga, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip app.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Mariposa

Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mariposa travel planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Mariposa in 3 hours. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Mariposa to be somewhat warmer, around 63°F, while days are much hotter, around 95°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mariposa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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