18 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

18 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

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18 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

Start: Sioux Falls
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Astoria
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Sioux Falls

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum will appeal to history buffs. Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary builder.

Sioux Falls to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sioux Falls to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sioux Falls in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 75°F and lows reach 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
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 23rd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Friends of Hearst Castle and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon vacation builder.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in San Simeon at 56°F and lows at 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to The Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, learn more about the world around you at California Academy of Sciences, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Oregon Zoo, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, then take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Portland trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Portland, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

3
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 1st (Thu), appreciate the history behind Astoria Column. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Columbia River Maritime Museum and then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Astoria tour planner.

You can drive from Portland to Astoria in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Portland in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Astoria: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 52°F at night. On the 4th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cannon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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