53 days in Seattle, Portland & California Itinerary

53 days in Seattle, Portland & California Itinerary

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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 1 day
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Truckee
— 3 nights
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Tahoe City
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Malibu
— 5 nights
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Santa Monica
— 5 nights
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Beverly Hills
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Anaheim
— 7 nights
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Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Space Needle, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Seattle travel tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Seattle is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -12 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get colder in Seattle: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Portland

— 1 day

City of Roses

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.
On the 8th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Portland online road trip planner.

Fly from Seattle to Portland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Truckee.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Shopping

Truckee

— 3 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner, take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, and grab your bike and head to Truckee River Legacy Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Truckee itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Truckee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Truckee when traveling from Portland in July, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Tahoe City

— 3 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Venture out of the city with trips to Incline Village (Sand Harbor & Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the long history of Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, walk around Kings Beach State Recreation Area, and cruise along Inspiration Point Vista.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tahoe City tour itinerary maker website.

Tahoe City is just a short distance from Truckee. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Step out of South Lake Tahoe to go to Lotus and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Mt. Tallac Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Lake Tahoe Yoga, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Tahoe City in July, South Lake Tahoe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, stroll around Golden Gate Park, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Santa Cruz

— 6 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Cruz: Bird Rock Vista Point (in Pebble Beach), Carmel (Scenic Road Walkway & Point Lobos) and Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium & 17-Mile Drive). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Wilder Ranch State Park, go for a walk through West Cliff Drive, and make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz visit planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ventura (Fox Fine Jewelry, Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, &more), The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop (in Buellton) and Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Malibu

— 5 nights
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Change things up with these side-trips from Malibu: Point Mugu State Park (in Point Mugu), Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark (in Moorpark). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Zuma Beach, hike along Big Sycamore Canyon Hike, enjoy the sand and surf at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Malibu trip maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Malibu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Malibu can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica

— 5 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Manhattan Beach (Manhattan Beach Pier & Manhattan Beach), Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, and go for a stroll along the water at Marina del Rey Harbor.

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Santa Monica is very close to Malibu. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Beverly Hills.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Beverly Hills

— 1 night
Beverly Hills is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, surrounded by the cities of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): make a trip to Sunset Plaza, cruise along Mulholland Drive, make a trip to Rodeo Drive, then make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, and finally stroll around Beverly Gardens Park.

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Beverly Hills is just a short distance from Santa Monica. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Beverly Hills

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 7 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday maker app.

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Beverly Hills. When traveling from Beverly Hills in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Anaheim

— 7 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad), Newport Beach (in Newport Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's still lots to do: discover the magic at Disneyland Park, catch some excitement at Pixar Play Parade, find something for the whole family at Knott's Berry Farm, and laugh and play at Downtown Disney District.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Anaheim road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Anaheim takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.