What’s the best route from San Francisco to Portland?

I want to visit Portland, Oregon to get a tattoo from an artist that I really like, but I’m not sure how long the drive will take me. Is there an easy route between San Francisco and Portland?

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Answer provided by
Liz Jenson
Answered on May 20, 2022
The easiest route from San Fransisco to Portland is via I-5 North. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
  • Take I-80 East out of San Francisco
  • Exit onto I-505 North
  • Merge onto I-5 North and stay on I-5 until you start seeing signs for Portland
While this route is pretty simple and easy to follow, it will still take you a little over 10 hours to drive between the cities. This means that you’ll need to spend the night in Portland at the very least—and you may want to stop on the way there and/or the way back.
While the frequency with which you stop is totally up to you, it’s typically recommended that you drive eight hours at most in one day of a road trip. If you do decide to stop for a break, the halfway point between San Francisco and Portland is Medford, Oregon.
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