18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Eugene
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h
4
Eureka
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  6​h 30​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Denver

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Columbia River Maritime Museum and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Visiting Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Haystack Rock will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Beach Books (in Seaside), Stoller Family Estate (in Dayton) and Tillamook Country Smoker (in Bay City). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland driving holiday planner .

Denver to Portland is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Denver in January, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Eugene.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Stoller Family Estate, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Tillamook Country Smoker, Haystack Rock
Highlights from your plan
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

3
nights
Eugene

Eugene ©
Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Backstreet Gallery and Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Discover out-of-the-way places like Linn County Museum and Little Log Church. Take a break from Eugene with a short trip to Siuslaw Pioneer Museum in Florence, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and explore and take pictures at Autzen Stadium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Eugene attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Portland to Eugene takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Eugene can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eugene

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Florence, Linn County Historical Museum, Little Log Church
Highlights from your plan
Backstreet Gallery ©
Backstreet Gallery
Linn County Historical Museum ©
Linn County Historical Museum
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum ©
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Asian Art Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like SS Jeremiah O'Brien and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Union Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and subway from Eugene to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Eugene in January, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 59°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Eureka.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Legion of Honor ©
Legion of Honor

2
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Ferndale Museum and then stop by Golden Gait Mercantile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Clarke Historical Museum, view the masterpieces at Trinidad Art Gallery, and then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Eureka online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Eureka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 40°F in Eureka. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Eureka

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Ferndale, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Trinidad Art Gallery, Humboldt State University Natural History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Clarke Historical Museum ©
Clarke Historical Museum
Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Ferndale Museum ©
Ferndale Museum

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Wildling Museum, examine the collection at Elverhoj Museum, then see the interesting displays at Parks-Janeway Carriage House, then stop by Global Gardens, and finally look for gifts at The Good Life. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, appreciate the extensive heritage of State Street, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally stop by Chocolate Maya.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Eureka to Santa Barbara by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Eureka in January: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, Global Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Global Gardens ©
Global Gardens
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

2
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego visit site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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