5 days in Portland, San Francisco & Palo Alto Itinerary

5 days in Portland, San Francisco & Palo Alto Itinerary

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5 days in Portland, San Francisco & Palo Alto Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Palo Alto
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Des Moines

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and International Rose Test Garden. Step out of Portland to go to Bridal Veil and see Multnomah Falls, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, get to know the resident critters at Washington Park, and take a peaceful walk through The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland tour builder .

Des Moines to Portland is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Des Moines in July, Portland is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Palo Alto.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Palo Alto

Palo Alto ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Cantor Arts Center and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Stanford University.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Palo Alto trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Palo Alto in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Palo Alto, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cantor Arts Center ©
Cantor Arts Center
Stanford University ©
Stanford University

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