7 days in Portland & San Diego Itinerary

7 days in Portland & San Diego Itinerary

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7 days in Portland & San Diego Itinerary

Start: Portland
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Portland

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.
Do your shopping at Powell's City of Books and Paxton Gate. Do some cultural sightseeing at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, browse the eclectic array of goods at Portland Saturday Market, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Portland attractions website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Portland. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego tour planner .

You can fly from Portland to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Portland in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 78°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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