24 days in New Jersey, San Diego & Oregon Itinerary

24 days in New Jersey, San Diego & Oregon Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Cape May
— 2 nights
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San Diego
— 7 nights
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
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Bend
— 3 nights
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Newport
— 3 nights
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Astoria
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Cape May

— 2 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
On the 5th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center of Cape May and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cape May City Beaches, steep yourself in history at Emlen Physick Estate, then see the interesting displays at Cape May Fire Department Museum, and finally look for gifts at West End Garage.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cape May trip itinerary tool.

Newark to Cape May is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train, tram, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Cape May

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

San Diego

— 7 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Moonlight State Beach. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside), Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, stroll through Coronado Beach, stroll around La Jolla Cove, and look for all kinds of wild species at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve.

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You can drive from Cape May to San Diego in 46 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cape May to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape May in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Crater Lake National Park

— 1 night
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 16th (Thu), trek along Garfield Peak, hike along Watchman Peak, and then take a memorable drive along Rim Dr.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park travel route builder tool.

You can drive from San Diego to Crater Lake National Park in 15 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Crater Lake National Park are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are little chillier (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Bend

— 3 nights
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Shevlin Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Deschutes National Forest and City of Sisters. There's much more to do: hike along Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trails, sample the tasty concoctions at Deschutes Brewery, head outdoors with RiverStone Adventures, and go for a walk through Deschutes River Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bend trip builder.

Drive from Crater Lake National Park to Bend in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July, expect Bend to be little chillier, temps between 85°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Bend

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and The Wax Works. Do your shopping at Inscapes Gallery and Newport Farmer's Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, Yachats State Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nye Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Newport Bay Fishing Pier, walk around Don & Ann Davis Park, and hike along Ocean to Bay Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Newport trip site.

Traveling by car from Bend to Newport takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Bend in July: highs in Newport hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Astoria.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Astoria

— 4 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Flavel House Museum and Seaside Inverted Experience are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Columbia River Maritime Museum and Heritage Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Seaside (Seaside Candyman & Seaside Beach), Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Haystack Rock) and Spas (in Manzanita). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, admire the natural beauty at Garden of Surging Waves, take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge, and make a trip to Goonies House.

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Getting from Newport to Astoria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newport in July: highs in Astoria hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

New Jersey travel guide

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Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

Oregon travel guide

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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.