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Yelp’s Summer Road Trip: Seattle to Los Angeles


Summer is calling and it’s ready to be savored. Pack your bags and get ready to kick some serious asphalt – all you’ll need is your trusty Yelp app to guide you along the way. Get those bookmarking fingers primed for day one of our five day road trip of I-5: Seattle, WA to Los Angeles, CA.

Day 1: Seattle to Portlanddayone
Miles covered: 174
Driving time:  2 hrs. 50 min. 

  1. Kick the party off with the Hong Kong Style Charcoal Waffle at Stateside.
  2. 20th and 21st century art glass at Museum of Glass Tacoma.
  3. Israeli street food to beef tongue bahn mi at Pine Street Market in Portland.
  4. Stroll the tranquil ponds at Lan Su Chinese Garden.
  5. Make Caravan your homebase in Portland’s eclectic Alberta Arts District.

daytwoDay 2: Portland to Grant’s Pass
Miles covered: 246
Driving time:  4 hrs. 

  1. When you can’t decide between coffee and chocolate,
    Cup & Bar saves the day.
  2. 18 impeccably landscaped holes of mini golf at Best Little Roadhouse.
  3. Opt for the the avocado bacon burger at Snack Shack.
  4. Becker in Roseburg: off-the-beaten-path winery.
  5. Take in views of the Rogue River before calling it a night at Motel del Rogue.

Day 3: Grant’s Pass to Sacramentodaythree
Miles covered: 336
Driving time: 5  hrs. 16 min. 

  1. You can’t go wrong with the homemade cinnamon rolls at DASSH Bakery.
  2. A bridge and solar clock rolled into one: Sundial Bridge.
  3. Lunch break! Coconut ice cream and curry pops at Champa Garden.
  4. Check out 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars at California State Railroad Museum.
  5. The Citizen Hotel – your home away from home for the night.

dayfourDay 4: Sacramento  to Bakersfield
Miles covered: 286
Driving time:  4 hrs. 12 min. 

  1. Kick off the AM with the Benedict Arnold at Fox and Goose in Sacramento.
  2. Take in California Gold Rush history: Old Sacramento.
  3. Pit stop for ice cream at Vita Dolce.
  4. Equal parts honky-tonk museum, music venue, restaurant and bar, it’s Buck Owens Crystal Palace!
  5. Rest your head with cheeky cowboy flair at Padre Hotel.

Day 5: Bakersfield to Los Angeles
Miles covered: 113
Driving time:  1 hrs. 57 min. dayfive

  1. Get your fix of chicken fried steak early at Copes Knotty Pine Cafe.
  2. 93,000 acre preserve full of hiking, biking, and picnicking at The Wildland’s Conservancy.
  3. Southern Smoke BBQ & Brewhouse for a pre-LA hearty lunch.
  4. Check in at the charming Pensione.
  5. Explore the neighborhood and chow down at The Oaks Gourmet.