20 days in Los Angeles, Portland & Seattle Itinerary

20 days in Los Angeles, Portland & Seattle Itinerary

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20 days in Los Angeles, Portland & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Seattle
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

8
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.
Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Carbon Beach (in Malibu), Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, contemplate the long history of Hollyhock House, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Chicago to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In April, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Carbon Beach, Oak Canyon Nature Center, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

5
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 Pittock Mansion and Helvetia Vineyards & Winery. You'll get in some beach time at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (in Mosier), Multnomah Falls (in Troutdale) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Hug Point State Recreation Site, admire the sheer force of Starvation Creek State Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland online holiday planner .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Portland in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get little chillier in Portland: highs are around 63°F and lows about 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Starvation Creek State Park, Multnomah Falls, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

6
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Do your shopping at Pike Place Market and Nordstrom. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Venture out of the city with trips to Olympic National Park (Mount Ellinor & Murhut Falls) and Theler Wetlands Belfair Nature Preserve (in Belfair). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Alki Beach, steep yourself in history at West Point Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and shop like a local with Glasshouse Studio.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary app .

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Theler Wetlands Belfair Nature Preserve, Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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