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
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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 and bus; or do a combination of train, tram, 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 Coronado 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: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar), Oceanside Pier (in Oceanside) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Windansea Beach, stroll through La Jolla Shores Park, stroll around La Jolla Cove, and explore the activities along Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cape May in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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 · Scenic Drive

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 Deschutes River Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Deschutes National Forest and RiverStone Adventures. Take a break from Bend with a short trip to City of Sisters in Sisters, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trails, sample the tasty concoctions at Deschutes Brewery, delve into the lush surroundings at Shevlin Park, and walk around Drake Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Bend trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Crater Lake National Park to Bend in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July, with highs in Bend at 85°F and lows at 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 Inscapes Gallery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest and Ocean to Bay Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Yachats (Yachats State Park & Smelt Sands State Park). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach, browse the fresh offerings at Newport Farmer's Market, take in the waterfront at Newport Bay Fishing Pier, and see the interesting displays at The Wax Works.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Newport trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Bend to Newport by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Bend, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Newport, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can 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 Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Haystack Rock), Seaside (Seaside Candyman & Seaside Beach) 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

3.9
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

4.4
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.