22 days in Pacific Northwest, San Francisco & Wawona Itinerary

22 days in Pacific Northwest, San Francisco & Wawona Itinerary

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22 days in Pacific Northwest, San Francisco & Wawona Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Wawona
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Dubai

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Theler Wetlands Belfair Nature Preserve and Mercer Slough Nature Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, wander the streets of Pioneer Square, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle itinerary planning tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Seattle is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in October, expect Seattle to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Mercer Slough Nature Park, Theler Wetlands Belfair Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
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.
Get outdoors at Ruby Beach and Olympic National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rialto Beach, hike along Sol Duc Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Deer Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Olympus.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 7°C in Olympic National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Sol Duc Falls ©
Sol Duc Falls

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, then stroll through Haystack Rock, and then pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, then kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach Wayside, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach Wayside, Astoria Column, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Sokol Blosser Winery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, walk around Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Portland travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Portland are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Columbia River Highway, Sokol Blosser Winery, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and Musee Mecanique capture your imagination. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in November, with highs in San Francisco at 20°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then get a taste of the local shopping with Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Wawona holiday planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Wawona in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in November since evenings lows in Wawona dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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