12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Dallas
Fly:  5​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Tahoe City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Portland
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Dallas

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): shop like a local with Union Square, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at California Academy of Sciences and then identify plant and animal life at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco journey builder app .

Dallas to San Francisco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to San Francisco. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dallas in May, with highs in San Francisco at 68°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

3
days
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Renwood Winery and Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. We've included these beaches for you: Sand Harbor and Nevada Beach Campground. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Truckee) and Grover Hot Springs State Park (in Markleeville).

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tahoe City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Tahoe City takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: highs in Tahoe City hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Tahoe City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Renwood Winery, River Rafting & Tubing, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, Nevada Beach Campground, Grover Hot Springs State Park
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Grover Hot Springs State Park ©
Grover Hot Springs State Park
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Renwood Winery ©
Renwood Winery

3
days
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.
Visit Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Oregon Garden for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Powell's City of Books and Silver Falls State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner), Vista House (in Corbett) and Mount Hood (in Hood River).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland itinerary maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tahoe City to Portland. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tahoe City in May; daily highs in Portland reach 70°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Nature, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Oregon Garden, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Mount Hood, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Silver Falls State Park
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Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Willamette Valley Vineyards ©
Willamette Valley Vineyards

3
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Bloedel Reserve. Get some cultural insight at Pike Place Market and Chihuly Garden and Glass. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo, make a trip to Pioneer Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Seattle, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bloedel Reserve, Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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