12 days in Salt Lake City & West Coast Itinerary

12 days in Salt Lake City & West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Truckee
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, Drive to Grants Pass
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Grants Pass
— 1 night
Drive to Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, Fly to Portland International Airport
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Portland
— 1 night
Drive
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Tacoma
— 1 night
Drive
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Seattle
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Step off the beaten path and head to Natural History Museum of Utah and Land Cruiser Heritage Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Tabernacle and Pioneer Memorial Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, hike along Lake Blanche Trail, steep yourself in history at Assembly Hall, and engage your brain at Wheeler Historic Farm.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City journey planning tool.

New York City to Salt Lake City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Salt Lake City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Salt Lake City, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 7th (Mon), glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner, then immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, and finally admire all the interesting features of Donner Pass.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Truckee trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Truckee in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, you will find days in Truckee are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are much colder (34°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 8th (Tue), hike along Lands End, then admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Truckee to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Truckee in September, plan for much warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 58°F. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grants Pass.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Trails · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Grants Pass

— 1 night
Grants Pass is a city in, and the county seat of, Josephine County, Oregon, United States. For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Grants Pass vacation builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Grants Pass. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Grants Pass hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Grants Pass

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Portland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Oregon Historical Society, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hoyt Arboretum, and then head outdoors with Portland Timbers.

Before you visit Portland, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grants Pass to Portland. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grants Pass in September: highs in Portland hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tacoma.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Tacoma

— 1 night
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city in and the county seat of Pierce County, Washington, United States. On the 12th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Foss Waterway Seaport and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Glass.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tacoma trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Portland to Tacoma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portland in September, you will find days in Tacoma are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Seattle.

Things to do in Tacoma

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:

Seattle

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum and then walk around Kerry Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Tacoma to Seattle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Seattle, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13: