55 days in United States Itinerary

55 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brigham City
— 1 night
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bozeman
— 2 nights
Drive
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Missoula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Whitefish
— 2 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 1 night
Drive
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Anaheim
Drive
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Los Angeles
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive
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Morro Bay
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
Drive
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Santa Maria
Drive
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Santa Ynez
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Channel Islands National Park
— 1 night
Unknown
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Ventura
Drive
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Burbank
Drive
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West Hollywood
— 1 day
Drive
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Santa Monica
Drive
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Dana Point
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Bear Lake
Drive
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Palm Springs
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Holbrook
Drive
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
Drive
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Mammoth Lakes
Bus
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Yosemite National Park
Drive
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San Francisco
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 day
Drive
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Carmel Valley
Drive
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Monterey
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 day
Drive
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Olympic Valley
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Drive to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Fly to Portland International Airport, Drive to Timberline Lodge
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Timberline Lodge
Drive
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Cascade Locks
Drive
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Hood River
— 2 nights
Drive
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Troutdale
Drive
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Pacific City
Drive
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Bandon
Drive
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Silverton
Drive
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Eugene
Fly to Seattle, Shuttle to Bellingham
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Bellingham
Drive
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Olga, Orcas Island
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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Kansas City

— 2 nights
The city meets the Great Plains in Kansas City City, Kansas.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): examine the collection at Cabela's, then cool off at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City, then shop like a local with The Legends at Village West, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Saint Peter. On your second day here, examine the collection at Pony Express Museum, then try to win big at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Parkville Nature Sanctuary.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kansas City trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Kansas City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Moab.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks · Casinos

Side Trips

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Arches National Park and Deep Desert Expeditions. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, take a memorable drive along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, and grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Moab vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Kansas City to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Kansas City to Moab, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 95°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brigham City.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Brigham City

— 1 night
Brigham City is a city in Box Elder County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): gain insight at Utah State University, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Logan Utah Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at LDS Tabernacle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Brigham City Tabernacle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Box Elder Museum, trek along Wind Caves Trail Head, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crimson Trail.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Brigham City online holiday planner.

Drive from Moab to Brigham City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Moab in June, things will get a bit cooler in Brigham City: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Brigham City

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple Square.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City vacation planner.

Getting from Brigham City to Salt Lake City by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Brigham City in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Salt Lake City, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

West Yellowstone

— 2 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Mesa Falls, then explore the activities along Earthquake Lake, and then get in on the family fun at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

Before you visit West Yellowstone, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, things will get colder in West Yellowstone: highs are around 69°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Geyser, and then explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then trek along Observation Point Trail, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bozeman.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Bozeman

— 2 nights
Bozeman is a city in and the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state. On the 14th (Mon), do sightseeing your way with Yellowstone Guidelines and then admire the sheer force of Palisade Falls. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Bozeman, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

Start your trip to Bozeman by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Bozeman takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, expect Bozeman to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Missoula.

Things to do in Bozeman

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Missoula

— 2 nights
Missoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see a world frozen in time at Garnet Ghost Town, then stroll around Jacob Island Dog Park, and then identify plant and animal life at National Bison Range. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Missoula trip planner.

Drive from Bozeman to Missoula in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. June in Missoula sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Missoula

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Missoula to Glacier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel to Whitefish.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Whitefish

— 2 nights
Whitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Conrad Mansion, then tee off at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, and then make a trip to Whitefish Depot. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to The Whitefish Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take a tour by water with State of Mind Fishing Charters LLC.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Whitefish trip itinerary app.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Whitefish by car takes about an hour. In June, daytime highs in Whitefish are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Whitefish

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Seattle

— 2 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.
On the 22nd (Tue), admire the striking features of King Street Station, get up close to creatures of the deep with Puget Sound Express, and then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint James Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Seattle route site.

Traveling by flight from Whitefish to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Whitefish to Seattle is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Whitefish in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Seattle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skyline Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: get interesting insight from Discover Nature.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park trip builder site.

Explore your travel options from Seattle to Mount Rainier National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Seattle in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mount Rainier National Park, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Get in touch with nature at Haystack Rock and Volcano Lands - Private Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area (in Seaside) and Cannon Beach (in Cannon Beach). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, delve into the lush surroundings at Camassia Natural Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, and admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mount Rainier National Park to Portland. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in June, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to fly to San Diego.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 1 night

America's Finest City

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then stroll around La Jolla Cove.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Portland to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Portland in June since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Anaheim

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Anaheim trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Anaheim

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Tours

Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In June in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

San Simeon

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (93°F), and nights are a bit cooler (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Morro Bay.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Morro Bay

Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 30th (Wed), stop by The Shell Shop.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Morro Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Before you visit San Luis Obispo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

San Luis Obispo is just a stone's throw from Morro Bay. In June, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Santa Maria

Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Maria road trip website.

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Maria by car takes about an hour. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in June, you will find days in Santa Maria are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). On the 30th (Wed), you'll travel to Santa Ynez.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Santa Ynez

— 2 nights
Santa Ynez is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.The town of Santa Ynez is one of the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley. On the 1st (Thu), savor the flavors at Global Gardens, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then learn about winemaking at Sunstone Winery, and finally appreciate the views at Santa Ynez Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): do a tasting at Fess Parker, learn about winemaking at Bridlewood Estate Winery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Labyrinth at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Ynez travel site.

Getting from Santa Maria to Santa Ynez by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Santa Maria in June, you will find days in Santa Ynez are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Ynez

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and then cast your line with Santa Barbara Sportfishing Charter. On your second day here, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then take an exotic tour of Santa Barbara Safaris.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara travel planner.

Getting from Santa Ynez to Santa Barbara by car takes about an hour. When traveling from Santa Ynez in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 75°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Channel Islands National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Wineries

Channel Islands National Park

— 1 night
The coast of Southern California might be one of the most densely populated areas of the United States, but a quick hop out to Channel Islands National Park provides a picture of coastal living in the region before human development.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): Head underground at The Sea Caves, then identify plant and animal life at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and then head off the coast to Santa Cruz Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Channel Islands National Park trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santa Barbara to Channel Islands National Park. In July in Channel Islands National Park, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Ventura.

Things to do in Channel Islands National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Ventura

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ventura vacation tool.

Explore your travel options from Channel Islands National Park to Ventura with the Route module. In July in Ventura, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 62°F at night. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Burbank.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Burbank

Media Capital of the World

Just a short drive from Hollywood and home to several entertainment companies, Burbank is saturated with connections to the media.
To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Burbank trip maker website.

Drive from Ventura to Burbank in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Ventura in July, you will find days in Burbank are somewhat warmer (88°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). You will leave for West Hollywood on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Burbank

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nightlife

West Hollywood

— 1 day
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the West Hollywood trip planner.

West Hollywood is just a stone's throw from Burbank. When traveling from Burbank in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in West Hollywood: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 65°F at night. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Parks · Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours

Santa Monica

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica travel route builder website.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from West Hollywood. In July, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You will leave for Dana Point on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nightlife

Dana Point

— 1 night
Dana Point is a city located in southern Orange County, California. On the 6th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Pacific Marine Mammal Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saddleback Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Planning Dana Point trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Dana Point in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Dana Point sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Big Bear Lake.

Things to do in Dana Point

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is a small city in San Bernardino County, California, located in the San Bernardino Mountains along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Bear Lake vacation maker site.

You can drive from Dana Point to Big Bear Lake in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dana Point in July, Big Bear Lake is colder at night with lows of 47°F. You will leave for Palm Springs on the 7th (Wed).

Things to do in Big Bear Lake

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Palm Springs

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Big Bear Lake to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Traveling from Big Bear Lake in July, things will get warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 107°F and lows about 81°F. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Tours

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 day
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Joshua Tree National Park are 103°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Holbrook.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Holbrook

Holbrook is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Holbrook trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Holbrook in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Holbrook, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July: high temperatures in Holbrook hover around 95°F and lows are around 63°F. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Holbrook

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Petrified Forest National Park

— 3 nights
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Take a break from the city and head to Jasper Forest and Blue Mesa. Visit Walpi Village and Agate House for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Crystal Forest Trail, explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert, don't miss a visit to Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, and steep yourself in history at Puerco Pueblo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Petrified Forest National Park trip planner.

Getting from Holbrook to Petrified Forest National Park by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Holbrook in July, expect Petrified Forest National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Petrified Forest National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in July; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 94°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along Queen's Garden Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, then trek along Rim Trail, and finally get a dose of the wild on Red Canyon Trail Rides.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 81°F and 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Capitol Reef National Park

— 2 nights
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Capitol Reef National Park . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Gifford Homestead, then steep yourself in history at Fruita Campground, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goosenecks Overlook.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. July in Capitol Reef National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover how to plan a Death Valley National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Capitol Reef National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Capitol Reef National Park to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Capitol Reef National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 101°F to lows of 73°F. You'll set off for Mammoth Lakes on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes planning tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 18th (Sun), you're off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature

San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Big Sur

— 1 day

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur trip maker.

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Carmel Valley.

Things to do in Big Sur

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley Village is a census-designated place in Monterey County, California, United States. On the 19th (Mon), do a tasting at Bernardus Winery and Vineyard and then stroll around Garland Ranch Regional Park.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel Valley trip app.

Getting from Big Sur to Carmel Valley by car takes about an hour. In July in Carmel Valley, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel Valley

Parks · Wineries

Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary maker website.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel Valley. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wineries

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 day
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Olympic Valley

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympic Valley route planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Olympic Valley in 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Olympic Valley, with lows around 40°F. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to Timberline Lodge.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Timberline Lodge

Perched high on the south face of one of the most iconic peaks in the Pacific Northwest, Timberline Lodge is the ski and snowboarding area known for the eponymous historic lodge, the design of which emphasizes the area's natural beauty.
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Timberline Lodge online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic Valley to Timberline Lodge. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Timberline Lodge when traveling from Olympic Valley in July, with lows around 58°F. You will leave for Cascade Locks on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Timberline Lodge

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Cascade Locks

Cascade Locks is a city in Hood River County, Oregon, United States. To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cascade Locks trip website.

Traveling by car from Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cascade Locks can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Hood River.

Things to do in Cascade Locks

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Hood River

— 2 nights
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): examine the collection at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, relax in the rural setting at Hood River Lavender Farms, then get impressive views of Mount Hood, and finally experience rural life at Draper Girls Country Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Hood River travel route planner.

Hood River is very close to Cascade Locks. In July in Hood River, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Troutdale.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Troutdale

Troutdale is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, U.S.A., north of Gresham and east of Wood Village. To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Troutdale trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Hood River to Troutdale in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Troutdale can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Pacific City.

Things to do in Troutdale

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

Pacific City

Pacific City is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated community in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. On the 23rd (Fri), take a tour by water with Eagle Charters Fishing and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pacific City trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Troutdale to Pacific City takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Troutdale to Pacific City is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Troutdale in July; daily highs in Pacific City reach 69°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bandon.

Things to do in Pacific City

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
Highlights from your trip

Bandon

Bandon is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States, on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River. To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Bandon trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Pacific City to Bandon by car takes about 4 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pacific City to Bandon. In July, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Bandon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping

Crater Lake National Park

— 1 day
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, then admire the sheer force of Vidae Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Rim Village Visitor Center.

Discover how to plan a Crater Lake National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bandon to Crater Lake National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Bandon in July, plan for much warmer days in Crater Lake National Park, with highs around 94°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Silverton.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Silverton

Silverton is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Silverton trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Silverton in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Silverton: highs are around 86°F and lows about 56°F. You will leave for Eugene on the 24th (Sat).

Things to do in Silverton

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Tours

Eugene

Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. state of Oregon. For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Eugene trip planner.

You can drive from Silverton to Eugene in 1.5 hours. In July in Eugene, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 24th (Sat), you're off to Bellingham.

Things to do in Eugene

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Museums

Bellingham

City of Subdued Excitement

Perched at the northern end of Washington's Pacific coast, the mid-sized city of Bellingham serves as an important stopover on the road between Seattle and Vancouver.
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bellingham trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Eugene to Bellingham in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Eugene in July: highs in Bellingham hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 56°F. You will leave for Olga on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Olga, Orcas Island

Olga is a waterfront unincorporated community on Orcas Island in San Juan County, Washington, United States.HistoryOlga was founded in 1860, after William Moore homesteaded the region. To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Olga day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bellingham to Olga takes 3 hours. In July in Olga, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. You will leave for Friday Harbor on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Olga

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

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.
On the 25th (Sun), indulge in some personalized pampering at Lavendera Massage.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Friday Harbor trip planner.

Getting from Olga to Friday Harbor by journey takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Olga in July, Friday Harbor is little chillier at night with lows of 50°F.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

San Luis Obispo County travel guide

4.2
Wineries & Vineyards · Castles · Gift & Specialty Shops
The Central Coast
Separated from major metropolitan areas, coastal San Luis Obispo County has preserved its rural character. It includes many small communities with a strong agricultural heritage, and preserves a sense of old California. Many visitors on holiday come here to browse the excellent farmers' markets or tour world-class vineyards. The county offers plentiful outdoor vacation ideas, with beaches, rolling hills, and the Santa Lucia mountain range nearby. You can also take side trips to the area's larger towns, with their historical downtown districts, shopping destinations, and museums.

Greater Palm Springs travel guide

4.5
Golf Courses · Zoos · Art Museums

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Monterey County travel guide

4.4
Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Dolphin & Whale Watching

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Zipline · Ski Areas · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.

San Juan Islands travel guide

4.7
Dolphin & Whale Watching · State Parks · Landmarks
Experience island living Pacific Northwest-style by visiting the San Juan Islands. Of the 176 named islands here, Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan are the three that cater to visitors. Orca whales roam the waters from April to September, and rolling farmland inland gives way to small coastal towns filled with art galleries and boutiques. The islands' small mountains offer vistas over the water to the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic mountain range. The island region offers prime sea kayaking, biking tours, birding, and saltwater fishing. The populated isles attract a lot of summer tourism but remain quiet the remainder of the year.