30 days in California, Washington State & Oregon Itinerary

30 days in California, Washington State & Oregon Itinerary

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30 days in California, Washington State & Oregon Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
5
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Hood River
— 4 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Golden Gate Bridge and Union Square. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning tool .

Kansas City to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Kansas City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. On the next day, kick back and relax at Sand Dollar Beach, stop by Fermentations Wine Tasting, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon holiday builder tool .

Getting from San Francisco to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Head to AiX and Gallery by the Sea Carmelfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Carmel Art Association and Ocean Avenue. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). Spend the 6th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: trek along Point Lobos, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Monterey online itinerary maker .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are much colder, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

5
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Visiting Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Monterey in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.
Get some cultural insight at Island Studios and Arctic Raven Gallery. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lime Kiln Point State Park. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Serendipity the used book place, get outside with Springtide Paddlesports, witness the site of a historic battle at American Camp, and browse the exhibits of San Juan Islands Sculpture Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Friday Harbor. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Friday Harbor, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Museum of Flight and Museum of Pop Culture. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Mukilteo to see Boeing Future of Flight about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Pioneer Square, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip website .

Fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Boeing Future of Flight
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Cannon Beach and Astoria Column. Relax by the water at Haystack Rock and Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. Explore Cannon Beach's surroundings by going to Adelaide's Coffee and Sweet Shoppe (in Ocean Park) and Columbia River Maritime Museum (in Astoria). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hug Point State Recreation Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanita Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, and cruise along Long Beach.

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Drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in June: high temperatures in Cannon Beach hover around 66°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita, Astoria, Long Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Wheeler Station Antiques
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach

4
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Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Columbia Hills State Park and Fire Museum in City Hall. Visiting Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Mount Adams Wilderness will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Meadowrock Alpacas Farm & Annex (in Trout Lake), Schreiner Farms (in Lyle) and Cottonwood Canyon State Park (in Wasco). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, explore and take pictures at Rowena Crest Viewpoint, stroll through Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Starvation Creek State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hood River trip planning tool .

Drive from Cannon Beach to Hood River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cannon Beach in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Hood River, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lyle, Mosier, Mount Adams Wilderness, Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Cottonwood Canyon State Park ©
Cottonwood Canyon State Park