What’s the best route to drive from Portland to Phoenix?

Well I’ve just about had it with Portland—the rain, the cold, the wind, the bohemians and their fancy coffee and microbrews—so I’m moving to Phoenix where it’s dry and warm. What’s the best route to drive from Portland to Phoenix?

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Answer provided by
Jason Tushinski
Answered on Jun 03, 2022
The best route to get from Portland, Oregon to Phoenix, Arizona is to take I-5 south through the Beaver State’s lush greenery, descend through California and its mountains, valleys, cities, and deserts, then ride into the the Valley of the Sun, a drive of 21 hours, covering 1,374 miles. Also…you don’t like fancy coffee and microbrews? For the first time in recorded history, we here at Jerry are…speechless.
Our mouths may be shut, but our fingers are as lively as ever—here are the highlights you’ll see from Portland to Phoenix!
  • Head south to Salem, Oregon’s Capital, which is equidistant betwixt the Pacific Ocean, and the Cascade Mountains (1 hour either way)
  • Continue south and stop in Eugene, home to the University of Oregon. Don’t miss the stunning Owen Rose Garden
  • Cross from Oregon into the Golden State at Hilt and stare in wonder at the gorgeous junction of Cascade Range and Siskiyou Mountains, featuring more than 114,000 acres of protected land
  • Trundle through Redding and peek into abandoned Gold Rush-era buildings before stopping in Sacramento, the state capital with local cuisine and an awesome riverboat tour!
  • Barrel over California’s central spine and descend into Los Angeles**—stop for world-class sushi, tacos, or just spend the day lounging at the beach in **Santa Monica
  • From L.A., head east on the I-10, take a peek at the sublime mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs, then pose for a pic with a cactus in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Cross into Arizona, stop at the Ahakhiv Tribal Preserve for swimming, fishing, and picnicking
  • Ride into Phoenix and enjoy all the Southwestern food, golfing, and desert landscapes you can imagine!
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