18 days in Oregon Coast & California Itinerary

18 days in Oregon Coast & California Itinerary

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18 days in Oregon Coast & California Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Newport
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  11​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  28​h
End: Edmonton

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach. On your second day here, explore the activities along Columbia River Maritime Museum, appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, then don't miss a visit to Goonies House, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach trip itinerary planning site .

Edmonton, Canada to Cannon Beach is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Edmonton in June, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Astoria
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 8th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, then identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and then take a leisurely stroll along Newport's Historic Bayfront. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Yaquina Head Lighthouse, take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and then visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Newport trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Newport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in June: highs in Newport hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
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1
night
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 10th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then get great views at Ragged Point. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planning tool .

Getting from Newport to San Simeon by combination of bus and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Newport in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Ragged Point
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 12th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. Get outdoors at Tioga Pass and Tunnel View. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday builder site .

Do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to San Gregorio State Beach and Mori Point. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate National Cemetery and Stanford Memorial Church. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Half Moon Bay (Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, & more), Museum on Main (in Pleasanton) and Pacifica State Beach (in Pacifica). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sunol Regional Wilderness and cruise along Scenic 49 Mile Drive.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Sunol Regional Wilderness, Stanford Memorial Church, San Gregorio State Beach
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Pacifica State Beach ©
Pacifica State Beach
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach

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