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San Diego to Portland drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



San Diego to Portland road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Portland. If you're planning a road trip to Portland, 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 San Diego
drive for about 2 hours

Day 1, 11:57 am:  Los Angeles
eat at Gjelina
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 3:57 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 1, 5:51 pm:  Bakersfield
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 4 hours
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Day 2, 10:00 am:  leave from Bakersfield
drive for about 2 hours

Day 2, 11:56 am:  Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:56 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

Day 2, 4:25 pm:  Sacramento
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:25 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 2, 7:53 pm:  Redding
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours
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Day 3, 10:00 am:  leave from Redding
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 3, 12:21 pm:  Ashland
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:21 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

Day 3, 4:00 pm:  Eugene
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 5:00 pm
drive for about 2 hours

Day 3, 6:57 pm:  arrive in Portland
eat at Voodoo Doughnuts
stay at Ace Hotel Portland

day 3 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is San Diego, 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?

Los Angeles  (560 answers)
    Santa Monica Pier  (70 mentions)
    Griffith Observatory  (63 mentions)
    Venice Beach Boardwalk  (62 mentions)
    Abbot Kinney  (56 mentions)
    Third Street Promenade  (55 mentions)
    restaurants around Los Angeles:
        Gjelina
        Perch
        Bottega Louie
        Grand Central Market
        Bestia
    questions about Los Angeles:
        Where are the top 5 places to see a celebrity in L.A.?
        What's your favorite burger in L.A?
        Free things to do in Los Angeles?
        What are the top 3 beaches in Los Angeles?
        Best restaurants in Los Angeles?
Bakersfield  (12 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?
Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant  (5 mentions)
Sacramento  (37 answers)
    California State Railroad Museum  (6 mentions)
    California State Capitol Museum  (3 mentions)
    58 Degrees & Holding Co.  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Sacramento:
        Ella Dining Room & Bar
        Rick's Dessert Diner
        Delta King Hotel
        The Rind
        Mulvaney's B&L
    questions about Sacramento:
        Things to do and see in Sacramento
        Hidden gems in Sacramento?
        Me want food in Sacramento!
        Places to see in Gold Rush Country enroute from Sacramento
        What is your favorite restaurant in Sacramento?
Redding  (6 answers)
    restaurants around Redding:
        Wilda's Grill
        Market Street Steakhouse
    questions about Redding:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Redding?
        Best free things to do in Redding?
Ashland  (14 mentions)
Eugene  (11 answers)
    questions about Eugene:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Eugene?




Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Portland, Oregon.

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




Where's the best place to stay in Portland?

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 Portland.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Ace Hotel Portland, which was mentioned 8 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

The Nines, Portland  (7 mentions)
Hotel Monaco Portland  (4 mentions)
The Heathman Hotel  (3 mentions)

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






Where's the best place to eat in Portland?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Voodoo Doughnuts, which was mentioned 27 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Tasty N Sons  (11 mentions)
Lardo  (10 mentions)
Potato Champion  (9 mentions)
Pok Pok Restaurant  (9 mentions)

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






What are some things to do in Portland?

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:

Powell's City of Books  (17 mentions)
Japanese Gardens  (15 mentions)
Portland Saturday Market  (13 mentions)
Timberline Lodge  (12 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 Portland. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Matt Billings from Atlanta asked:
Mid July: 1 week with wife and kid - what should we prioritize?  (12 answers)

 Beverly Joesten from San Luis Obispo asked:
Best coffee shops in Portland  (10 answers)

 Beth F from Maryland asked:
Visiting in July for 5 days with my boyfriend, where and what must we do?  (9 answers)

 Marilyn Weare from Vancouver asked:
Artsy area with fun little shops  (8 answers)

 DMae Binkley from Fairbanks asked:
Portland in mid-March  (7 answers)

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






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 Portland to San Diego 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 San Diego to Portland. Or get a full San Diego to Portland 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 San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!






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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,085 miles
driving time of 17 hours, 18 minutes
Portland is the same time as San Diego
213 San Diego travel answers
560 Los Angeles travel answers
12 Bakersfield travel answers
37 Sacramento travel answers
6 Redding travel answers
11 Eugene travel answers
211 Portland travel answers





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