15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Eureka
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Portland
— 4 nights
End: Portland

3
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 California Surf Museum and Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society. Appreciate the collections at Seal Beach and Oceanside Strand. Venture out of the city with trips to San Clemente State Beach (in San Clemente), Salt Creek Beach (in Dana Point) and Laguna Beach (1,000 Steps Beach, Victoria Beach, & more). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In September in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Oceanside, Salt Creek Beach, San Clemente State Beach, Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological
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Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
San Clemente State Beach ©
San Clemente State Beach

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 5th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Big Sur takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, Big Sur is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Twin Peaks and Anchor Brewing Company will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Miramar Beach and Scenic 49 Mile Drive. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Hiller Aviation Museum (in San Carlos), San Jose (Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph & Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum) and Mavericks (in Half Moon Bay). There's lots more to do: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, enjoy the sand and surf at Ocean Beach, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, and admire the architecture and history at Mission Dolores.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Eureka.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

San Jose, Half Moon Bay, Hiller Aviation Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Miramar Beach ©
Miramar Beach

1
night
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. On the 10th (Thu), do a tasting at Clendenen's Cider Works, see the interesting displays at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lost Coast Brewery, and finally stroll through Hikshari Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Eureka itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Eureka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Eureka reach 65°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Eureka

Breweries & Distilleries Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Fortuna
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Lost Coast Brewery Taproom ©
Lost Coast Brewery Taproom
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Clendenen's Cider Works ©
Clendenen's Cider Works

1
night
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 11th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, brush up on your military savvy at Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, and then view the masterpieces at The Dapper Frog.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Newport trip builder site .

You can drive from Eureka to Newport in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Newport

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center ©
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area ©
The Dapper Frog ©
The Dapper Frog

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stoller Family Estate and Vista Hills Treehouse Tasting Room. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Angel Abbey and Argyle Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Winter's Hill Estate (in Dayton), Newberg (Natalies Estate Winery, Bravuro Cellars, & more) and WillaKenzie Estate (in Yamhill). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Camassia Natural Area, take an in-depth tour of World of Speed, ponder the world of politics at Memorial to Yamhill County Soldiers of the World War, and learn about winemaking at Brooks Wine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Portland road trip planning website .

Getting from Newport to Portland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Newport in September, you will find days in Portland are a bit warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Portland

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Newberg, Dayton, Argyle Winery, Brooks Wine, Memorial to Yamhill County Soldiers of the World War
Highlights from your plan
WillaKenzie Estate ©
WillaKenzie Estate
Mount Angel Abbey ©
Mount Angel Abbey
Stoller Family Estate ©
Stoller Family Estate

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