10 days in California's Central Coast, Redwood National Park & Oregon Coast Itinerary

10 days in California's Central Coast, Redwood National Park & Oregon Coast Itinerary

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10 days in California's Central Coast, Redwood National Park & Oregon Coast Itinerary

Start: Traverse City
Fly + Bus:  11 h
1
Morro Bay
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Newport
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Astoria
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Traverse City

2
nights
Morro Bay

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. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Morro Bay Maritime Museum, then tee off at Morro Bay Golf Course, then look for all kinds of wild species at Heron and Cormorant Rookery, and finally look for gifts at The Shell Shop.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip planner .

Traverse City to Morro Bay is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Traverse City to Morro Bay due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Traverse City in March, with highs in Morro Bay at 71°F and lows at 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Oso Libre, Estero Bluffs State Park, Bluff Trail
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Morro Bay Golf Course ©
Morro Bay Golf Course
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Oso Libre ©
Oso Libre

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Enderts Beach and then hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Redwood National Park driving holiday planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Morro Bay to Redwood National Park. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Morro Bay in March; daily highs in Redwood National Park reach 57°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Newport.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

1
night
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 1st (Wed), stroll through Ocean to Bay Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, then kick back and relax at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nye Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Newport day trip planner.

Getting from Redwood National Park to Newport by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach

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nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the activities along Clatsop Spit, stop by Seaside Candyman, then hike along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, and finally stroll through Cathedral Tree Trail. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument, then kick back and relax at Hug Point State Recreation Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Astoria travel route planner.

Getting from Newport to Astoria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seaside, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Oswald West State Park
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Astoria Oregon Riverwalk ©
Astoria Oregon Riverwalk
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park
Hug Point State Recreation Site ©
Hug Point State Recreation Site

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