38 days in Phoenix & West Coast Itinerary

38 days in Phoenix & West Coast Itinerary

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Phoenix
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara
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Santa Maria
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San Luis Obispo
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Santa Cruz
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Redding
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Medford
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Sacramento
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Portland
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Eugene
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Olympia
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Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoenix trip itinerary maker website.

El Paso to Phoenix is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Paso in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Phoenix: highs are around 93°F and lows about 69°F. On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and then walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip website.

Getting from Phoenix to San Diego by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to San Diego. When traveling from Phoenix in May, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 61°F at night. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 26th (Wed).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Los Angeles

— 2 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 29th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, then take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf, and finally get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara sightseeing planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Santa Barbara. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Santa Maria

— 2 nights
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. On the 31st (Mon), learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and then stroll through Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park, then stop by Ostrich Land, and then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria day trip app.

Drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria in 1.5 hours. May in Santa Maria sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo

— 2 nights
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. On the 2nd (Wed), admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, stroll through Moonstone Beach, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo holiday maker.

Drive from Santa Maria to San Luis Obispo in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

— 7 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Cruz: Pacific Grove (Asilomar State Beach & Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard), Carmel (Carmel River State Beach, Point Lobos, &more) and Monterey (Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay Aquarium, &more). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, kick back and relax at Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz, and gain insight at University of California Santa Cruz.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz travel planner.

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Cruz by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Santa Cruz: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can fly to Redding.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Redding

— 2 nights
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the views from Sundial Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Whiskeytown Lake, and then hike along Sacramento River Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethel Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Lake Shasta Caverns, and then see human ingenuity at work at Shasta Dam.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Redding trip builder app.

Fly from San Francisco to Redding in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Redding are much warmer (95°F), and nights are a bit warmer (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Medford.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Medford

— 2 nights
Medford is a city in, and county seat of, Jackson County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Upper and Lower Table Rock, contemplate the waterfront views at Rogue River, then stop by Rogue Creamery, and finally see a show at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve, then admire the masterpieces at Schneider Museum of Art, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Medford online trip builder.

You can drive from Redding to Medford in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Redding in June; daily highs in Medford reach 86°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Medford

Nature · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Side Trips

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 18th (Fri), trek along Stevens Trail, then admire the natural beauty at California State Capitol Museum, then see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Capitol Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, admire the masterpieces at Crocker Art Museum, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at American River Bicycle Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sacramento trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Medford to Sacramento in 5 hours. In June in Sacramento, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Portland

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, then make a trip to Pioneer Courthouse Square, and finally admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Sacramento to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sacramento in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Eugene.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Eugene

— 2 nights
Eugene is a city of the Pacific Northwest located in the U.S. state of Oregon. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): deepen your understanding at University of Oregon, then identify plant and animal life at Cascades Raptor Center, and then learn about winemaking at King Estate Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Owen Rose Garden, see the interesting displays at The Historic Carousel and Museum, and then gain insight at Oregon State University.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Eugene vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Portland to Eugene takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Portland in June since evenings lows in Eugene dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Olympia.

Things to do in Eugene

Parks · Wildlife · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Olympia

— 2 nights
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. state of Washington and the county seat of Thurston County. Get out of town with these interesting Olympia side-trips: Dalby Water Wheel (in Union), Olympic National Park (in Olympic National Park) and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (in Eatonville). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Hands On Children's Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wolf Haven International, stroll around Percival Landing, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers Market.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Olympia online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Eugene to Olympia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Olympia sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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 27th (Sun), meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then pick up some local products at Pike Place Market, and finally look for gifts at Chukar Cherries. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Woodland Park Zoo, make a trip to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Columbia Center.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Seattle online itinerary planner.

Getting from Olympia to Seattle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Olympia in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Tours