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San Diego to Seattle drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days



San Diego to Seattle road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego 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

9:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 2 hours

10:57 am  Los Angeles
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 2:57 pm
drive for about 3 hours

5:56 pm  Pismo Beach
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:56 pm
drive for about 3 hours

9:48 pm  Gilroy Premium Outlets
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Gilroy Premium Outlets
drive for about 2 hours

12:13 pm  Sacramento
eat at Ella Dining Room & Bar
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 1:13 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:41 pm  Redding
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:41 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

7:02 pm  Ashland
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours

 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Ashland
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:39 am  Eugene
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 12:39 pm
drive for about 2 hours

2:36 pm  Portland
stay for about 4 hours and leave at 6:36 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:20 pm  arrive in Seattle
stay at Ace Hotel

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 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  (564 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?
Pismo Beach  (47 answers)
    Laetitia Vineyard & Winery  (3 mentions)
    San Luis Obispo Mission  (3 mentions)
    Edna Valley  (2 mentions)
    F. McLintocks Saloon and Dining House  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Pismo Beach:
        Splash Cafe
        Avila Valley Barn
Gilroy Premium Outlets  (3 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?
Portland  (215 answers)
    International Rose Test Garden  (20 mentions)
    Powell's City of Books  (17 mentions)
    Japanese Gardens  (15 mentions)
    Portland Saturday Market  (13 mentions)
    Timberline Lodge  (12 mentions)
    restaurants around Portland:
        Voodoo Doughnuts
        Tasty N Sons
        Lardo
        Potato Champion
        Pok Pok Restaurant
    questions about Portland:
        Mid July: 1 week with wife and kid - what should we prioritize?
        Best coffee shops in Portland
        Visiting in July for 5 days with my boyfriend, where and what must we do?
        Artsy area with fun little shops
        Portland in mid-March




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 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 Seattle. Or get a full San Diego 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 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 1,258 miles
driving time of 20 hours, 12 minutes
Seattle is the same time as San Diego
214 San Diego travel answers
564 Los Angeles travel answers
47 Pismo Beach travel answers
37 Sacramento travel answers
6 Redding travel answers
11 Eugene travel answers
215 Portland travel answers
241 Seattle travel answers





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