10 days in Eugene & California Itinerary

10 days in Eugene & California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Eugene
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Calistoga
— 1 night
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Eugene

— 3 nights
Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. state of Oregon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Heceta Head Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Eugene: Powell's City of Books (in Portland), Newport (Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Nye Beach) and Yachats (Yachats State Park & Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest). There's more to do: explore the activities along Delta Ponds City Park.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Eugene attractions website.

Vancouver, Canada to Eugene is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in September: highs in Eugene hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eugene

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and de Young Museum. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take a tour of USS Pampanito.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Eugene to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Eugene in September, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums

Carmel

— 1 night
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel attractions planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get your bearings at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then stroll through Piedras Blancas, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip builder tool.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Calistoga

— 1 night
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and finally indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Calistoga visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Calistoga takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, train, subway, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Calistoga are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.