17 days in Bend, Boise & Santa Barbara Itinerary

17 days in Bend, Boise & Santa Barbara Itinerary

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Bend
— 5 nights
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Boise
— 5 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
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Bend

— 5 nights
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Deschutes River and McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop. Go for a jaunt from Bend to Blue River to see Dee Wright Observatory about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Deschutes National Forest, explore the activities along Sparks Lake, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Deschutes River Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bend trip planner.

Los Angeles to Bend is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, Bend is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Boise.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Boise

— 5 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Sawtooth Wilderness Area and Barber Park. Step out of Boise to go to Ketchum and see Redfish Outlet Lake, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Lucky Peak State Park, appreciate the history behind Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, walk around Camel's Back Park, and grab your bike and head to Ridge to River Trail System.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Boise route maker website.

You can fly from Bend to Boise in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bend to Boise due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bend in August; daily highs in Boise reach 91°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 6 nights

The American Riviera

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Avila Main Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Oxnard (Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard Beach Park, &more), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Santa Ynez) and Solvang (Hans Christian Andersen Park, Sunny Fields Park, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park, don't miss a visit to Chaucer's Bookstore, relax in the rural setting at The Luffa Farm, and stroll through Surf Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Boise to Santa Barbara in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boise to Santa Barbara, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boise in August, you will find days in Santa Barbara are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips