7 days in Portland & California's Central Coast Itinerary

7 days in Portland & California's Central Coast Itinerary

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7 days in Portland & California's Central Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  11​h
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden and then admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, then admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Portland day trip planning site .

New York City to Portland is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Portland, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Portland, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Portland

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Multnomah Falls
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

2
nights
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 17th (Tue), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online route planner .

Fly from Portland to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in Santa Barbara sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then do a tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip builder tool .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Monterey by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Barbara in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Monterey, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Carmel Ridge Winery ©
Carmel Ridge Winery

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