15 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

15 days in Seattle, Portland & San Francisco Bay Area Itinerary

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1
Seattle
— 2 nights
2
Portland
— 4 nights
3
Sacramento
— 1 night
4
Calistoga
— 1 night
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
6
Monterey
— 1 night
7
Mariposa
— 2 nights

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Seattle

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.
Get some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Get in touch with nature at Boat Tours & Water Sports and Point Defiance Park. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Tacoma to see LeMay - America's Car Museum about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, get lost in a book at Seattle Public Library, make a trip to Space Needle, and stroll around Kerry Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Seattle trip maker site.

Dallas to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Seattle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in August; daily highs in Seattle reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Tacoma
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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Portland

Portland ©
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.
Let the collections at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Seaside Inverted Experience capture your imagination. Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Portland Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, &more), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument (in Seaside). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Willamette Valley, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, stroll around Washington Park, and appreciate the history behind Astoria Column.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Portland online route builder.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Portland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Portland sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sacramento.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Astoria, Cannon Beach, Seaside, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Multnomah Falls
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, thensee the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at California State Capitol Museum.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento tour site.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Sacramento takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in August, expect nights in Sacramento to be about the same, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
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Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Castello di Amorosa, thensee the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Calistoga sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sacramento to Calistoga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Sacramento in August, expect Calistoga to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Safari West
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Safari West ©
Safari West
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Cable Car Museum. Let the collections at Legion of Honor and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and walk around Crissy Field.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Calistoga in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, thenexplore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariposa.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Mariposa

Mariposa ©
Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mariposa prides itself on its friendly small-town feel and Old West heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mariposa travel planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Mariposa in 3 hours. Traveling from Monterey in August, expect nights in Mariposa to be somewhat warmer, around °F, while days are much hotter, around °F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mariposa

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Pioneer Yosemite History Center ©
Pioneer Yosemite History Center

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