22 days in Washington State, Oregon & California Itinerary

22 days in Washington State, Oregon & California Itinerary

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Fly to Seattle, Ferry to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Beacon Ave S & 27th Ave S
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Newport
— 3 nights
Bus to Portland, Fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 1 night
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.
On the 1st (Thu), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cattle Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip planning tool.

London, UK to Friday Harbor is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Friday Harbor, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, then walk around Kerry Park, and finally get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Seattle day trip planning site.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Seattle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Friday Harbor in July since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hurricane Ridge and Hoh River Trail. Get outdoors at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Murhut Falls. The adventure continues: stroll through Second Beach Trail, hike along Kalaloch Beach Trail 4, and delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park holiday planning site.

Explore your travel options from Seattle to Olympic National Park with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Olympic National Park at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Cannon Beach

— 1 night
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 8th (Thu), stroll through Cannon Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cannon Beach online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach. July in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Heceta Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest. Step out of Newport with an excursion to Yachats coastline in Yachats--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the striking landscape of Mike Miller Park, kick back and relax at Nye Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Newport itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Newport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in July, expect Newport to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Congress Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at General Grant Tree Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Newport to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Newport in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are much warmer (43°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then hike along Gower Gulch Loop, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip site.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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 Half Dome. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

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 · Beaches
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.