21 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Itinerary

21 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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Seattle
— 7 nights
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Portland
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Seattle

— 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Pacific Bonsai Museum (in Federal Way), Washington State History Museum (in Tacoma) and ILovekickboxing (in Kirkland). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Seattle visit planning app.

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Detroit to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 46°F in Seattle. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Portland

— 5 nights

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.
Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Haystack Rock) and Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument (in Seaside). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, walk around Hoyt Arboretum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Portland tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Ace It Bike Tours (in Windsor) and Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery & Murphy-Goode Winery Tasting Room). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips