11 days in West Coast & Sonora Itinerary

11 days in West Coast & Sonora Itinerary

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11 days in West Coast & Sonora Itinerary

Start: Nashville, United States
Fly:  6​h
1
San Diego, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mission Viejo, United States
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
3
Hermosillo, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Portland, United States
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
7
Seattle, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Nashville, United States

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San Diego, United States

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.
On the 18th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego visit planner .

Nashville to San Diego is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Nashville to San Diego. While traveling from Nashville, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Mission Viejo.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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Mission Viejo, United States

Mission Viejo is a city in Orange County, California, United States in the Saddleback Valley. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then partake in some friendly competition at ClueHoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mission Viejo trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Mission Viejo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Hermosillo.

Things to do in Mission Viejo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

ClueHoo, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Hermosillo, Mexico

Hermosillo ©
Hermosillo, formerly called Pitic is a city located centrally in the northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Palacio de Gobierno Sonora, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Metropolitana de Hermosillo, and then get outside with Ecolorado.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hermosillo trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mission Viejo to Hermosillo. Traveling from Mission Viejo to Hermosillo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Mission Viejo, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in Hermosillo, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Hermosillo

Outdoors Historic Sites
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Catedral Metropolitana de Hermosillo ©
Palacio de Gobierno Sonora ©
Palacio de Gobierno Sonora

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Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 22nd (Fri), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Hermosillo to Los Angeles with the Route module. Traveling from Hermosillo to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hermosillo in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are much colder (75°F), and nights are a bit cooler (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Golden Gate Park, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then don't miss a visit to Book Passage, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning app .

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Portland, United States

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 26th (Tue), look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Portland holiday maker tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Portland, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Fun & Games Shopping
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Room Escape Games
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden

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Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Glasshouse Studio and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle online itinerary builder .

Getting from Portland to Seattle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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