21 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Itinerary

21 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Itinerary

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Washington State History Museum (in Tacoma), ILovekickboxing (in Kirkland) and Pacific Bonsai Museum (in Federal Way). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and stroll around Woodland Park and Rose Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Detroit to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. On the 12th (Tue), 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument (in Seaside), Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Haystack Rock) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at Hoyt Arboretum, relax in the rural setting at Roloff Farms, and admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland road trip site.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Portland are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) 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 Healdsburg (Sapphire Hill Winery & Murphy-Goode Winery Tasting Room) and Ace It Bike Tours (in Windsor). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Portland in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips