12 days in Oregon & California Itinerary

12 days in Oregon & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Portland
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 3 nights
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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 20th (Mon): make a trip to Pittock Mansion, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and finally walk around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then have fun and explore at Portland Children's Museum, then stroll through Forest Park, and finally admire the natural beauty at The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Portland online trip itinerary builder.

Seattle to Portland is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portland in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
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Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 27th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, find something for the whole family at Pacific Park, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego journey planning site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games · Outdoors
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Oregon travel guide

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A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

California travel guide

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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.