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Postcards to Seattle: The Ultimate West Coast Road Trip Itinerary

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 3:00 PM

By Marissa Pedersen

The west coast of the United States is one of the most scenic places in the country. I’ve been lucky enough to explore dozens of different of destinations from Washington to California in the past few years, and I’ve compiled them into this ultimate west coast road trip itinerary. These are some of my favorite places to stop and I highly recommend them if you’re planning on doing a trip from Seattle to San Diego (or San Diego to Seattle).

PLACES TO STOP ON A CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP
 

TEMECULA

There’s no reason to go to Napa (which can be insanely crowded) when you can enjoy the beauty of Temecula Valley. You’ll enjoy spending a day relaxing as your road trip starts to comes to an end. Spend a few hours at Robert Renzoni sampling local wine and having lunch outdoors.

Head to downtown Temecula to browse the shops, such as the Temecula Lavender Co. and Old Town Sweet Shop. For dinner, stop by Crush and Brew and then head to the speakeasy in the back for a specialty cocktail.

A convenient hotel to stay at is Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula. It’s close to the freeway and only a five-minute walk from downtown. Book your room here!

Read more: A Guide to Temecula Valley

SAN DIEGO

You’ve finally made it from Seattle to San Diego! I hope it’s been one of the best road trips you’ve ever been on. Head to La Jolla to relax on the beach or go kayaking in the ocean. You’ll see plenty of seals lounging in the water.

At night, head to the Pacific Beach neighborhood to check out the nightlife. There are plenty of restaurants near the beach, including the Pacific Beach Fish Shop or Amplified Ale Works Kitchen + Beer Garden. Head to PB Ale House for a nightcap and to celebrate your trip!

Treat yourself for your last night and stay at the Westgate Hotel. It’s centrally located so you can walk around town, and it has a fitness center and a pool. Book your room here!

Read more: Why I Love San Diego

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