18 days in Washington State, Oregon Coast & North Coast California Itinerary

18 days in Washington State, Oregon Coast & North Coast California Itinerary

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18 days in Washington State, Oregon Coast & North Coast California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
1
Seattle
— 1 night
car:  1​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + ferry:  6​h
3
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Astoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Florence
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Crescent City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
You've now added Space Needle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seattle day trip website .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Seattle. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zip San Juan. On the 31st (Wed), get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Whale Museum, then head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands, and then head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Friday Harbor at 74°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

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Zip San Juan ©
Zip San Juan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

3
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Visiting Second Beach Trail and Olympic National Park will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sol Duc Falls and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ozette Loop Hike, and explore the activities along Crescent Lake.

Make your Olympic National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by ferry from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park takes 6 hours. In August in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Astoria.

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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Sol Duc Falls ©
Sol Duc Falls

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Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Flavel House Museum and Seaside Inverted Experience will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks and Fort Stevens State Park. Explore Astoria's surroundings by going to Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, explore the activities along Columbia River Maritime Museum, make a trip to Goonies House, and explore the striking landscape of Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Astoria day trip planning app .

Traveling by bus from Olympic National Park to Astoria takes 7.5 hours. In August in Astoria, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

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Cannon Beach, Seaside Inverted Experience
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial

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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 9th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, then visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, then see the interesting displays at The Wax Works, and finally view the masterpieces at The Dapper Frog. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Hatfield Marine Science Center, then kick back and relax at Nye Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Newport trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Astoria to Newport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Astoria in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Newport: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Florence.

Things to do in Newport

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach

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Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, then explore the striking landscape at Thor's Well, then enjoy the sea views from Heceta Head Lighthouse, and finally try for a hole-in-one at Sandland Adventures.

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Drive from Newport to Florence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Florence, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Crescent City.

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Yachats
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Sandland Adventures ©
Sandland Adventures
Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse

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Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get some cultural insight at Battery Point Lighthouse and Trees of Mystery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stout Grove and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Wilson Creek Beach (in Klamath). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World, stop by Rumiano Cheese Company, examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Crescent City trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Florence to Crescent City in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Florence in August: highs in Crescent City hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 53°F. On the 15th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Crescent City

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Klamath, Redwood National Park
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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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