60 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

60 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

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60 days in California & Oregon Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Crescent City
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Bend
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Newport
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Portland
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
San Francisco
— 8 nights
End: San Francisco


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6
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Stout Grove. Visiting Redwood National Park and Trillium Falls Hike will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crescent City: Redwood National Park (Tall Trees Grove & California Coastal Trail), Camel Rock (in Westhaven-Moonstone) and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy (in Orick). There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Redwood Highway, take a peaceful walk through Trees of Mystery, enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach, and grab your bike and head to Hikshari Trail.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Crescent City trip planner .

San Francisco to Crescent City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit cooler in Crescent City: highs are around 64°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Eureka, Trees of Mystery, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Camel Rock
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

6
nights
Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Get in touch with nature at High Desert Museum and Smith Rock State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Deschutes National Forest. Venture out of the city with trips to Opal Creek Wilderness Area (in Detroit), Fort Rock State Natural Area (in Fort Rock) and Sisters (Sahalie and Koosah Falls & McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop). The adventure continues: hike along Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, contemplate the waterfront views at Deschutes River, delve into the lush surroundings at Shevlin Park, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bend travel planner.

Traveling by car from Crescent City to Bend takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Crescent City in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bend, with highs around 73°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sisters, Smith Rock State Park, Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Fort Rock State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Newberry National Volcanic Monument ©
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum

5
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Get in touch with nature at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Yachats coastline (in Yachats), Lincoln City Glass Center (in Lincoln City) and Florence (Heceta Head Lighthouse, Sand Master Park - Sandboarding, & more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Newport's Historic Bayfront, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Foulweather.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Newport trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Bend to Newport in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bend in September: highs in Newport hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Florence, Yachats, Depoe Bay, Lincoln City Glass Center
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get in touch with nature at Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Cape Meares Lighthouse. Explore Cannon Beach's surroundings by going to Astoria (Astoria-Megler Bridge, Astoria Column, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach and make a trip to Turnaround at Seaside.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach travel site .

You can drive from Newport to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Astoria, Turnaround at Seaside, Cape Meares Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. Step out of the city life by going to Silver Falls State Park and Willamette Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Sokol Blosser Winery (in Dundee) and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area (in Timberline Lodge). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Powell's City of Books, tour the pleasant surroundings at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, and take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

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Getting from Cannon Beach to Portland by car takes about 1.5 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 76°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Camassia Natural Area, Starvation Creek State Park, Multnomah Falls, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

7
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Relax by the water at South Carlsbad State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Old Mission Santa Barbara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County Courthouse & Stearns Wharf) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour planner.

You can fly from Portland to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Portland in September; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 85°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

9
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Cemetery. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes trip website .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 66°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Badwater Basin and Artists Palette will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, cruise along Artists Dr, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

1
night
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 20th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon tour itinerary planning app .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
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. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Pfeiffer State Beach). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Marshall’s Beach and China Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, explore the striking landscape of Presidio of San Francisco, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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