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Seattle to San Francisco Road Trip

Take one of the most beautiful drives in the country from Seattle to San Francisco. Explore Washington, Oregon, and California in one perfect road trip.

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No matter the time of year, one of the prettiest drives in the country is from Seattle to San Francisco, making a Seattle to San Francisco road trip the perfect drive for a long weekend or as part of a lengthier expedition. This 807-mile drive will take you to some of the best spots in the Pacific Northwest. 

Seattle to San Francisco Stops:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Olympia, WA
  • Cannon Beach, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Eugene, OR
  • Klamath National Forest, CA 
  • San Francisco, CA

Getting to Seattle

Book your flight to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport right here on Skyscanner. Once you’ve arrived, there is a wide range of rental car options at the terminal which will get you ready to hit the road. 

 Seattle and Mount Rainier
A skyline view of Seattle and Mount Rainier

Olympia, WA

Just a few dozen miles south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is Washington State’s capital. Known for its verdant downtown area and sleepy streets with coffee shops and underground rock scene, it’s a great place to spend the night on your first night there.

Cruising down I-5, you’ll see the iconic Capitol building peeking out of the trees when you round the bend just before arriving in Olympia Grab a couple dozen oysters and some chowder at Oly Rockfish Grill and then hunker down for the night at the Ramada, a simple yet pleasant stay in the downtown district. 

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach, home to picturesque Haystack Rock, is on the Oregon coast, and a little bit off the beaten path of the direct I-5 route south. But a little detour once in a while is what makes a road trip fun. 

A night at Land’s End hotel isn’t cheap but it certainly provides the best views in town. This popular ocean resort is packed with families in the summer but equally impressive if you are willing to go in the fall or winter to beat the crowds. Dig your toes in the sand and enjoy a picnic on the beach with sandwiches from Lazy Susan’s.

Portland

Keep Portland Weird! is the motto in Oregon’s most famous city. Known for Powell’s bookstore, which takes up a whole city block and friendly tattooed locals, Portland is also a great city for foodies. With fresh seafood, donuts, and a buzzing coffee scene, everyone will be able to find something to munch on.

Pok Pok, for example, is the best Thai food you’ll find in the country though you may need more than one Singha beers to help stand the heat! The Jupiter Hotel is an old school motel-esque spot to put your feet up for the night in the hip Burnside region of town. It’s also connected to the Doug Fir music venue so you can wander next door and catch a show if you are unable to sleep.

Portland, Oregon skysline
Portland, Oregon skysline

Eugene

You’ll get a taste for what a college town in the Pacific Northwest feels like in Eugene. Home to the University of Oregon, and famous for being the birthplace of Nike, Eugene provides a nice stopping point a few hours south of Portland. Agate Alley Bistro provides American-style al fresco dining and University Inn and Suites provides an outdoor swimming pool if you have kids in tow. Speaking of kids, if you fall in love with Eugene, see if you can get your high-schooler to take a campus tour. Who knows, maybe they’ll become a University of Oregon duck! 

Visit the many waterfall locations throughout Eugene.
Visit the many waterfall locations throughout Eugene.

Klamath National Forest 

Established more than 100 years ago, Klamath boasts more than 168,000 acres of old growth forest. If you’re quiet on your hike you might be lucky enough to see bears, deer, or one of the national forest’s seven elk herds.

Though the country’s national forests and parks aren’t typically known for their culinary options, you should be able to rustle up a good dinner at Klander Delicatessen, just outside the confines of the park. If you’re the type that goes stir crazy after too much time spent in nature, you can stay at the Klamath Motor Lodge, in Yreka, just a stone’s throw from one of the park’s entrances. 

End of the Road 

Of course, when you arrive in San Francisco, you’ll need a new guide with all of the destinations, restaurants, and hotels available in The City by the Bay!

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