46 days in United States Itinerary

46 days in United States Itinerary

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46 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Olympia
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Portland
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Crater Lake National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Redwood National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Malibu
— 5 nights
Drive:  46​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Olympia

Olympia ©
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. On the 3rd (Sun), view the masterpieces at Childhood's End Gallery, see the interesting displays at Olympic Flight Museum, and then stroll around East Bay Public Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, look for all kinds of wild species at Wolf Haven International, then admire the majestic nature at Millersylvania State Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Olympia day trip planning site .

New York City to Olympia is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Olympia due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in November, with highs in Olympia at 51°F and lows at 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Wolf Haven International, Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge ©
Wolf Haven International ©
Wolf Haven International
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve ©

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Manzanita Beach and Seaside Beach will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Willamette Valley and The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks. Take a break from Portland with a short trip to Rockaway Beach Wayside in Rockaway Beach, about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, walk around Hoyt Arboretum, examine the collection at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, and take an in-depth tour of Oregon Historical Society.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Olympia to Portland in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Olympia in November, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Seaside Beach, The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks, Manzanita Beach, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Rockaway Beach Wayside ©
Rockaway Beach Wayside
Willamette Valley ©
Willamette Valley

4
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Visiting Crater Lake National Park and Mount Bailey will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Scott and Crater Lake National Park - Steel Visitor's Center. Go for a jaunt from Crater Lake National Park to Umpqua to see Umpqua National Forest about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak, hike along Sun Notch Trail, steep yourself in history at Fort Klamath Museum, and take in the dramatic scenery at Whitehorse Falls.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Crater Lake National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Portland to Crater Lake National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Crater Lake National Park can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Umpqua National Forest, Mount Bailey, Fort Klamath Museum
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Mount Scott ©
Mount Scott

6
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Redwood National Park and Trillium Falls Hike. Visiting Enderts Beach and Lady Bird Johnson Grove will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Redwood National Park side-trips: Orick (Freshwater Lagoon & Gold Bluffs Beach) and Klamath National Forest (in Forks of Salmon). And it doesn't end there: hike along California Coastal Trail, don't miss a visit to Big Tree, delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove, and explore the stunning scenery at Fern Canyon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from Crater Lake National Park to Redwood National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in November since evenings lows in Redwood National Park dip to 44°F. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Orick, Fern Canyon, Klamath National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and San Gregorio State Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Redwood National Park in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Safari West, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): go for a walk through West Cliff Drive, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Natural Bridges State Beach, do a tasting at Beauregard Vineyard, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and finally make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip maker website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Cruz when traveling from San Francisco in November, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've now added Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to your itinerary. You'll get in some beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and China Cove and Gibson Beach. Step out of the city life by going to McWay Falls and Bear Gulch Caves. The adventure continues: trek along Partington Cove, get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur travel route planner.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Big Sur in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

China Cove and Gibson Beach, Folktale Winery & Vineyard, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Bear Gulch Caves
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Step off the beaten path and head to General Sherman Tree and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Take a break from the city and head to Big Stump Basin and Grizzly Falls. The adventure continues: stroll through John Muir Trail, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, Head underground at Crystal Cave, and admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in December, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

John Muir Trail
Highlights from your plan
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin

7
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Mission Santa Barbara and Carpinteria State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Butterfly Beach and Thousand Steps Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path (in Ventura), Sunstone Vineyards & Winery (in Santa Ynez) and Avila Beach (Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail & Speed Boats Tours). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines, and learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara road trip planning website .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Solvang, Avila Beach, The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop, Butterfly Beach, Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

5
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kids will appreciate attractions like Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Pier. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Getty Villa and Zuma and Trancas Canyons. Get out of town with these interesting Malibu side-trips: Mullin Automotive Museum (in Oxnard), Redondo Beach (in Redondo Beach) and Greystone Mansion and Park (in Beverly Hills). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at El Pescador State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach, and gain insight at Pepperdine University.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Malibu sightseeing planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Malibu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Malibu when traveling from Santa Barbara in December, with lows around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Greystone Mansion and Park, Mullin Automotive Museum
Highlights from your plan
Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach ©
Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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