8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Portland
Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Crescent City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Sacramento
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Portland

1
night
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach, then stroll through Point St George Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Battery Point Lighthouse.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Crescent City travel itinerary planner.

Portland to Crescent City is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Portland in June, things will get a bit cooler in Crescent City: highs are around 61°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Enderts Beach
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Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Battery Point Lighthouse ©
Battery Point Lighthouse

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll explore and learn at Mendocino Coast and Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum. Kids will enjoy Noyo Headlands Park and Glass Beach. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Sea Glass Museum, don't miss a visit to Albion River Bridge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Highlight Gallery.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg day trip site .

You can drive from Crescent City to Fort Bragg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Crescent City, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, Albion River Bridge
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Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Francisco Zoo and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
San Francisco Zoo ©
San Francisco Zoo

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then explore and take pictures at 17-Mile Drive. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at National Steinbeck Center, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz route maker app .

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, National Steinbeck Center
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Fairytale Town and then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read our Sacramento online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Sacramento takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Cruz in June; daily highs in Sacramento reach 91°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Fun & Games Parks
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California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Fairytale Town ©
Fairytale Town

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