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Seattle to San Diego drive

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  Seattle
 Portland
 Eugene
 Ashland (Oregon)
 Sacramento
 Salinas
 Bakersfield
 Los Angeles
2 travelers   /   driving   /   3 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

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Seattle to San Diego road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Seattle to San Diego. If you're planning a road trip to San Diego, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between Seattle and San Diego. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between Seattle and San Diego. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Seattle
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:43 am  Portland
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:43 pm
drive for about 2 hours

5:39 pm  Eugene
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 6:39 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

9:19 pm  Ashland (Oregon)
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Ashland (Oregon)
drive for about 5 hours

3:03 pm  Sacramento
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:03 pm
drive for about 3 hours

6:58 pm  Salinas
stay overnight and leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 8 hours

 Day 3

9:00 am  leave from Salinas
drive for about 3.5 hours

12:26 pm  Bakersfield
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:26 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:21 pm  Los Angeles
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 7:21 pm
drive for about 2 hours

9:21 pm  arrive in San Diego
stay at Hotel Del Coronado

day 3 driving ≈ 7.5 hours

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Seattle to San Diego questions

profile  Julie asked:
Driving San Diego to Seattle  (4 answers)


Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Seattle, Washington.

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?

Portland  (219 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

Eugene  (11 answers)
    questions about Eugene:
        What is your favorite restaurant in Eugene?

Ashland (Oregon)  (14 answers)
    Ashland  (15 mentions)
    Oregon Shakespeare Festival  (3 mentions)
    Lithia Park  (2 mentions)
    questions about Ashland (Oregon):
        Spas in the Ashland area?
        Best free things to do in Ashland (Oregon)?
        What's the best neighborhood in Ashland (Oregon) for a first time visitor?

Sacramento  (40 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?

Salinas  (4 answers)

Bakersfield  (13 answers)
    questions about Bakersfield:
        Best free things to do in Bakersfield?

Los Angeles  (573 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?


Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Diego, California.

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


Where's the best place to stay in San Diego?

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 San Diego.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Del Coronado, which was mentioned 28 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Glorietta Bay Inn  (2 mentions)

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




Where's the best place to eat in San Diego?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest The Prado at Balboa Park, which was mentioned 10 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Hash House a-Go-Go  (10 mentions)
Extraordinary Desserts  (6 mentions)
Juniper & Ivy  (5 mentions)
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery  (5 mentions)

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




What are some things to do in San Diego?

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:

Balboa Park  (40 mentions)
San Diego Zoo  (25 mentions)
Mission Beach  (25 mentions)
Old Town San Diego  (16 mentions)
Ocean Beach  (16 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 San Diego. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Holly from Calgary asked:
Fun for a family with small children (NOT Disneyland!)  (11 answers)

profile  Beverly from San Luis Obispo asked:
Weekend road trip from LA to San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Liv from Cape Cod asked:
Wondering which beach is better to stay at? Ocean Beach or Mission Beach?  (8 answers)

profile  Lily from Los Angeles asked:
Restaurant & activities ideas for couples weekend getaway in San Diego  (8 answers)

profile  Kenneth from Portland asked:
Best burritos in San Diego?  (7 answers)

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




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





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,255 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 14 minutes
San Diego is the same time as Seattle
248 Seattle travel answers
219 Portland travel answers
11 Eugene travel answers
14 Ashland (Oregon) travel answers
40 Sacramento travel answers
4 Salinas travel answers
13 Bakersfield travel answers
573 Los Angeles travel answers
222 San Diego travel answers





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