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Los Angeles to Seattle road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Los Angeles to Seattle. If you're planning a road trip to Seattle, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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Day 1, 10:00 am:  start in Los Angeles
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 1, 1:16 pm:  Avila Beach Pier
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:16 pm
drive for about 59 minutes

Day 1, 3:14 pm:  Hearst Castle
stay for about 2 hours and leave at 5:14 pm
drive for about 1 hour

Day 1, 6:27 pm:  Pfeiffer Beach
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

Day 2, 9:00 am:  leave from Pfeiffer Beach
drive for about 5.5 hours

Day 2, 2:17 pm:  Drive-Thru Tree Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 3:17 pm
drive for about 36 minutes

Day 2, 3:53 pm:  Avenue of the Giants Southern Entrance
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:53 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 2, 7:37 pm:  Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

Day 3, 9:00 am:  leave from Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
drive for about 4 hours

Day 3, 1:15 pm:  Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:15 pm
drive for about 1 hour

Day 3, 3:20 pm:  Cannon Beach
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:20 pm
drive for about 4 hours

Day 3, 8:21 pm:  arrive in Seattle
stay at Ace Hotel

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Los Angeles to Seattle questions

 Megan Owczarski from Los Angeles asked:
Road Trip from Los Angeles to Seattle. Where to stop?  (2 answers)

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Los Angeles, California.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Avila Beach Pier
Hearst Castle  (99 mentions)
Pfeiffer Beach  (6 mentions)
Drive-Thru Tree Park  (6 mentions)
Avenue of the Giants Southern Entrance  (3 mentions)
Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve  (4 mentions)
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area  (3 mentions)
Cannon Beach  (25 answers)
    Haystack Rock  (3 mentions)
    Cannon Beach  (2 mentions)
    Haystack Rock  (2 mentions)
    Ecola State Park  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Cannon Beach:
        Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Seattle, Washington.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

Where's the best place to stay in Seattle?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Seattle.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Ace Hotel, which was mentioned 6 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Edgewater Hotel  (5 mentions)
Inn at the Market  (3 mentions)
Sorrento Hotel  (3 mentions)
Hotel Five  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Seattle? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Seattle?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Serious Pie, which was mentioned 12 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Cafe Campagne  (12 mentions)
Piroshky Piroshky  (12 mentions)
Original Starbucks  (11 mentions)
Matt's in The Market  (10 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Seattle? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Seattle?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Pike Place Market  (113 mentions)
Space Needle  (54 mentions)
Experience Music Project  (25 mentions)
Pioneer Square  (25 mentions)
Kerry Park  (24 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Seattle. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Talia Hoffman from Boston asked:
Is the Space Needle worth seeing?  (20 answers)

 Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Seattle?  (16 answers)

 Serena McClain from San Francisco asked:
2-day solo trip to Seattle - What to do?  (13 answers)

 Lindsay Hall from London asked:
Where are the most photogenic areas in Seattle?  (12 answers)

 Stephanie Lopilato from New York City asked:
What are the best restaurants in Seattle?  (11 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Seattle.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Seattle to Los Angeles drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Los Angeles to Seattle. Or get a full Los Angeles to Seattle flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Los Angeles well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Los Angeles!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,137 miles
driving time of 18 hours, 6 minutes
Seattle is the same time as Los Angeles
559 Los Angeles travel answers
25 Cannon Beach travel answers
239 Seattle travel answers

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