59 days in California, Oregon & Washington State Itinerary

59 days in California, Oregon & Washington State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Los Angeles
— 7 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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St. Helena
— 6 nights
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Portland
— 8 nights
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Bellevue
— 8 nights
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Seattle
— 8 nights
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San Diego

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline (in Pauma Valley) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Mingei International Museum, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego planning website.

Manchester, UK to San Diego is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from Manchester in November, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disneyland Park, &more), Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market) and Red Lantern Escape Rooms (in Brea). Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore and take pictures at Mulholland Drive, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey planning website.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, trek along Four Mile Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, things will get much colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 14°C and lows about -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

San Francisco

— 7 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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Anchor Brewing Company, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are much hotter (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Tours · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

St. Helena

— 6 nights

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to Sonoma (Mission San Francisco Solano & Sonoma Barracks) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Gracianna Winery). There's lots more to do: soar above the sights with Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, admire the landmark architecture of Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, and admire the verdant scenery at Swanson Vineyards Salon.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect little chillier with lows of 2°C in St. Helena. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portland

— 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sokol Blosser Winery (in Dundee), Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (in Hood River) and Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour (in North Plains). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, get a dose of the wild on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, and explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Portland tour planner.

You can fly from St. Helena to Portland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in December, plan for slightly colder days in Portland, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bellevue.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Bellevue

— 8 nights

Beautiful View

French for "beautiful view," Bellevue consistently ranks as one of the country’s best cities to live in.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bellevue: Monroe Historical Museum (in Monroe), High Trek Adventures & Ziplines (in Everett) and Discover Nature (in Mount Rainier National Park). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Bellevue Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Real Life Exhibit Seattle, admire the masterpieces at Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM), and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Black Raven Brewing Company.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bellevue holiday app.

Traveling by car from Portland to Bellevue takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Bellevue

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Seattle

— 8 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Tacoma (Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, stroll through Discovery Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seattle online trip builder.

Seattle is just a short distance from Bellevue. December in Seattle sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

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

4.5
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 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.