54 days in California, Oregon & Arizona Itinerary

54 days in California, Oregon & Arizona Itinerary

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54 days in California, Oregon & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Scottsdale
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
End: Phoenix

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

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Phoenix to San Diego is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix to San Diego, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Phoenix in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

6
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Will Rogers State Beach and Royal Palms State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, identify plant and animal life at Ballona Wetlands, and see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

8
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.
Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome. Spend the 20th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, trek along Mono Pass Trail, make a trip to Pothole Dome, and immerse yourself in nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around 28°F, while days are little chillier, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 48°F in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. We've included these beaches for you: Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco attractions planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in April, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

4
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Head. Get outdoors at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Fishing Charters & Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Rosa: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West and learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Rosa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect nights in Santa Rosa to be little chillier, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Napa, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Head, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll get in some beach time at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Manzanita Beach and Oswald West State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Bayocean Peninsula County Park (in Tillamook) and Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hug Point State Recreation Site, admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, and stroll through Short Sands Beach.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Santa Rosa to Cannon Beach in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Santa Rosa in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Bayocean Peninsula County Park, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

5
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.
Get outdoors at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Venture out of the city with trips to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Corvallis (Fitton Green Natural Area & Siuslaw National Forest) and Rowena Crest Viewpoint (in Mosier). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, head outdoors with Portland Timbers, take a peaceful walk through Camassia Natural Area, and admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip maker .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Portland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Cannon Beach, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Portland, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Mosier, Corvallis, Camassia Natural Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

7
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Rim Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 19th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, trek along Cape Final Trail, head outdoors with Bar 10 Ranch Activities, and cruise along East Rim Drive.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Canyon National Park using our trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Portland to Grand Canyon National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Grand Canyon National Park. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Portland in May since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

6
nights
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Visiting Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Scottsdale side-trips: Horseback Riding Tours (in Phoenix) and Three Mile Wash (in Roosevelt). Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, push the limits with an extreme tour, and explore the fascinating landscape at North Mountain/ Shaw Butte.

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Scottsdale in 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect Scottsdale to be warmer, temps between 93°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Phoenix, Three Mile Wash, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Three Mile Wash ©
Three Mile Wash

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