11 days in Pacific Northwest & California Itinerary

11 days in Pacific Northwest & California Itinerary

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Cannon Beach
— 1 night
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Cannon Beach — 1 night

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park.

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Atlanta to Cannon Beach is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Atlanta to Cannon Beach, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Atlanta in May; daily highs in Cannon Beach reach 62°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to fly to San Simeon.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon visit planning website.

Getting from Cannon Beach to San Simeon by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in May: highs in San Simeon hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

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. On the 14th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Side Trip

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and then visit Fisherman's Wharf. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Lombard Street, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Pohono Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
You've now added Kings Canyon Scenic Byway to your itinerary. On the 20th (Fri), explore and take pictures at Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and finally explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 55°F. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.