24 days in Western US Itinerary

24 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US sightseeing planner

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Seattle
— 3 nights
Ferry to Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Seattle

— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, stroll around Kerry Park, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and finally pick up some local products at Pike Place Market. On the next day, take a tour by water with Puget Sound Express, kick back and relax at Marina Beach Park, then admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum, and finally stroll through Alki Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seattle planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Seattle is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Seattle, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in May, expect Seattle to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the ferry to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hurricane Ridge and Murhut Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Mount Storm King. Go for a jaunt from Olympic National Park to Quinault to see Merriman Falls about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Bunch Creek Falls, stroll through Kalaloch Beach Trail 4, ride a horse along Olympic Discovery Trail, and trek along Ozette Loop Hike.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip itinerary app.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Seattle in May; daily highs in Olympic National Park reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Astoria.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Astoria

— 2 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, then immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Twilight Eagle Sanctuary, hike along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, then enjoy the sea views from Lightship Columbia, and finally hike along Cathedral Tree Trail.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Astoria trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Olympic National Park to Astoria by bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Astoria are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

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.
On the 20th (Thu), take a stroll through Multnomah Village, admire the natural beauty at Hoyt Arboretum, admire the majestic nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and finally grab your bike and head to Willamette River Trail. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Volcano Lands - Private Tours, then admire the sheer force of Latourell Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip planner.

Getting from Astoria to Portland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Astoria in May, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park

— 3 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and Tall Trees Grove. You'll discover tucked-away gems like California Coastal Trail and Klamath National Forest. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Enderts Beach.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park travel website.

Getting from Portland to Redwood National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Portland in May, plan for slightly colder days in Redwood National Park, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, kick back and relax at China Beach, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary maker website.

Getting from Redwood National Park to San Francisco by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in May; daily highs in San Francisco reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 26th (Wed), visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, do a tasting at Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Joullian Vineyards & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Holman Ranch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of New Camaldoli Hermitage, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, then trek along Partington Cove, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and take a memorable tour with YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails