50 days in California, Oregon & Washington State Itinerary

50 days in California, Oregon & Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary maker

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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Crescent City
— 4 nights
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Newport
— 3 nights
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Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
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Bend
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 5 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 6 nights
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Seattle
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Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Half Dome. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, trek along Lembert Dome, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Yosemite National Park is minus 10 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gower Gulch Loop.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 24°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Diego

— 5 nights

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.
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Marston House Museum will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coronado Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, stroll around La Jolla Cove, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Visiting Giant Forest and Sequoia Sightseeing Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like General Sherman Tree and Congress Trail. The adventure continues: trek along General Grant Tree Trail, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online vacation planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are cooler, around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 4 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get in touch with nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Trees of Mystery and Battery Point Lighthouse. When in Crescent City, make a side trip to see California Coastal Trail in Redwood National Park, approximately Redwood National Park away. It doesn't end there: hike along Stout Grove and kick back and relax at Enderts Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Crescent City vacation builder.

Fly from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Crescent City at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Visiting Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Nye Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Step out of Newport with an excursion to Sandland Adventures in Florence--about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Newport trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Crescent City to Newport in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September, daytime highs in Newport are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Cannon Beach

— 3 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Visit Hug Point State Recreation Site and Manzanita Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Cannon Beach trip planning app.

You can drive from Newport to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Bend.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Bend

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park and then explore the striking landscape at Newberry National Volcanic Monument. On your second day here, examine the collection at High Desert Museum and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bend trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cannon Beach to Bend takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bend when traveling from Cannon Beach in September, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Bend

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Portland

— 5 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.
Visiting Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Astoria Column and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Columbia River Maritime Museum (in Astoria) and Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (in Mosier). The adventure continues: do sightseeing your way with Volcano Lands - Private Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, get outside with Portland Timbers, and see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Bend to Portland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Portland when traveling from Bend in September, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Olympic National Park

— 6 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Visiting Hurricane Ridge and Rialto Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Olympic National Park. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, stroll through Murhut Falls, trek along High Divide, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Storm King.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Portland to Olympic National Park. In September, Olympic National Park is little chillier than Portland - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Seattle

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Deception Pass State Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in Seattle, make a side trip to see Discover Nature in Mount Rainier National Park, approximately Mount Rainier National Park away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Seattle online travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Seattle with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Olympic National Park in September since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

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.

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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · 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.