26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
1
Seward
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
Skagway
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  2​h 45​min
4
Ketchikan
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
6
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Yachats
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Eureka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Guerneville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
San Francisco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h
End: Portland

2
nights
Seward

Seward ©
For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): trek along Tonsina Creek Trail and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center. On your second day here, hike along Harding Ice Field Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Exit Glacier, and then get engrossed in the history at Seward Community Library & Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Seward day trip site .

Portland to Seward is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST) is minus 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Portland in August: high temperatures in Seward hover around 62°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Skagway.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
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Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Seward Community Library & Museum ©

1
night
Skagway

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at BearHead Photography Gallery, then take an in-depth tour of Skagway Museum and Archives, and finally explore the striking landscape of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Skagway day trip planning tool .

Getting from Seward to Skagway by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Skagway can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Skagway

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Nature & Wildlife Tours
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2
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 8th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get outside with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, explore the striking landscape at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau trip planning website .

Fly from Skagway to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Juneau are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ketchikan.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Northern Passages and Glacier Bay ©

2
nights
Ketchikan

Ketchikan ©
The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
On the 10th (Sat), hike along Deer Mountain Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Totem Bight State Historical Park, then take an in-depth tour of Tongass Historical Museum, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Misty Fjords National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, then examine the collection at Dolly's House Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ketchikan trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Juneau to Ketchikan in 3 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In August in Ketchikan, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Misty Fjords National Monument ©
Misty Fjords National Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours
Totem Bight State Historical Park ©
Totem Bight State Historical Park

2
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.
Family-friendly places like Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Hurricane Ridge and Second Beach Trail. There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Olympic National Park road trip planner.

Do a combination of ferry, flight, and bus from Ketchikan to Olympic National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Alaska Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Ketchikan in August, you will find days in Olympic National Park are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll, then get to know the resident critters at Woodland Park Zoo, and finally admire all the interesting features of Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Olympic National Park in August, with highs in Seattle at 80°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Eastbank Esplanade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Portland Timbers and then see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Portland online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Portland are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yachats.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Highlights from your plan
Portland Children's Museum ©
Portland Children's Museum
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
Oregon Zoo ©
Oregon Zoo

1
night
Yachats

Yachats ©
Yachats is a small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Yachats coastline, then cruise along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and then explore the striking landscape at Thor's Well.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yachats travel planner.

You can drive from Portland to Yachats in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Portland in August, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Yachats: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Yachats

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Thor's Well ©
Thor's Well
Yachats coastline ©
Yachats coastline

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nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Escape the urban bustle at Redwood National Park and California Coastal Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Eureka side-trips: Redwood National Park (Tall Trees Grove & Trillium Falls Hike) and Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone). There's more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Hikshari Trail.

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Drive from Yachats to Eureka in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Guerneville.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Camel Rock
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

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nights
Guerneville

Guerneville ©
Guerneville is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bodega Dunes, enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Goat Rock Beach. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, then do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, then do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

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Getting from Eureka to Guerneville by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Eureka in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Guerneville: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Guerneville

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Goat Rock Beach, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Family-friendly places like California Academy of Sciences and Crissy Field will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation website .

Drive from Guerneville to San Francisco in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Guerneville in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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