36 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

36 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

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36 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

Start: San Francisco, United States
1
San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Arcata, United States
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Crater Lake National Park, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Florence, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Seal Rock, United States
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rockaway Beach, United States
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Portland, United States
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Astoria, United States
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
9
Ilwaco, United States
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Port Angeles, United States
— 2 nights
Fly:  45​min
11
Seattle, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Vancouver, Canada
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

5
nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks. Step out of the city life by going to Limantour Beach and Bodega Head. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and enjoy the sand and surf at Drakes Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Arcata.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Drakes Beach, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Find places to stay May 4 — 10:
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Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
day
Arcata, United States

Arcata ©
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. On the 10th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Clarke Historical Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Arcata Community Forest.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arcata journey planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from San Francisco to Arcata. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Arcata: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Arcata

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Clarke Historical Museum
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:
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Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Clarke Historical Museum ©
Clarke Historical Museum

3
nights
Crater Lake National Park, United States

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Train Mountain Railroad Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Collier Memorial State Park. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area and then explore the activities along Rogue River.

Planning Crater Lake National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Arcata to Crater Lake National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Florence.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chiloquin
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:
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Collier Memorial State Park ©
Collier Memorial State Park
Train Mountain Railroad Museum ©
Train Mountain Railroad Museum
Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area ©

2
nights
Florence, United States

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Umpqua River Lighthouse and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Oregon Coast and then trek along Hobbit Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence trip planner.

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Florence in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seal Rock.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oregon Coast, Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, Umpqua River Lighthouse
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area ©
Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area
Umpqua River Lighthouse ©
Umpqua River Lighthouse

2
nights
Seal Rock, United States

Seal Rock ©
Seal Rock is an unincorporated coastal community in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States, between Newport and Waldport on U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area and Siuslaw National Forest. Step out of Seal Rock to go to Depoe Bay and see Ainslee's Salt Water Taffy, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at The Edge Art Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Beachside State Recreation Area, and look for gifts at The Chocolate Frog.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seal Rock online road trip planner .

Getting from Florence to Seal Rock by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Seal Rock can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rockaway Beach.

Things to do in Seal Rock

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Waldport, Depoe Bay, Siuslaw National Forest, The Edge Art Gallery
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Siuslaw National Forest ©
Siuslaw National Forest
The Edge Art Gallery ©
The Edge Art Gallery
The Chocolate Frog ©
The Chocolate Frog

few
hours
Rockaway Beach, United States

Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach is a city in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rockaway Beach road trip website .

You can drive from Seal Rock to Rockaway Beach in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Seal Rock in May since evenings lows in Rockaway Beach dip to 16°C. On the 17th (Thu), you're off toPortland.

Things to do in Rockaway Beach

Outdoors Parks Wineries
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:

7
nights
Portland, United States

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.
Get outdoors at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. Museum-lovers will get to explore Johnston Ridge Observatory and Portland Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner), Silver Falls State Park (in Sublimity) and River Rafting & Tubing (in White Salmon). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hood and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner .

You can drive from Rockaway Beach to Portland in 2 hours. When traveling from Rockaway Beach in May, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Portland: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ilwaco.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Mount Hood, Johnston Ridge Observatory, Silver Falls State Park, Willamette Valley Vineyards
Find places to stay May 17 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Johnston Ridge Observatory ©
Johnston Ridge Observatory

few
hours
Astoria, United States

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Lightship Columbia and then see the interesting displays at Columbia River Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Astoria travel planner .

Drive from Portland to Astoria in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Portland in May: highs in Astoria hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ilwaco.

Things to do in Astoria

Museums Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Lightship Columbia ©
Lightship Columbia

1
night
Ilwaco, United States

Ilwaco ©
Ilwaco is a city in Pacific County, Washington, United States. On the 24th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Don Nisbett Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ilwaco online tour planner .

Ilwaco is just a stone's throw from Astoria. May in Ilwaco sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Port Angeles.

Things to do in Ilwaco

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Jack's Country Store, Long Beach
Find places to stay May 24 — 25:
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Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center ©
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
Jack's Country Store ©
Jack's Country Store

2
nights
Port Angeles, United States

Port Angeles ©
Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): examine the collection at Olympic Coast Discovery Center, then admire the masterpieces at Port Angeles Fine Art Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Port Angeles trip maker .

Getting from Ilwaco to Port Angeles by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Port Angeles

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay May 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Port Angeles Fine Art Center ©
Port Angeles Fine Art Center
Olympic Coast Discovery Center ©
Olympic Coast Discovery Center

5
nights
Seattle, United States

Seattle ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Museum of Flight and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Relax by the water at Alki Beach and Tolmie State Park. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie), Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island) and Tacoma (Point Defiance Park & Chihuly Bridge of Glass). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stroll through Kerry Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Woodland Park Zoo, and wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planner .

Fly from Port Angeles to Seattle in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Port Angeles in May, expect Seattle to be somewhat warmer, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Vancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Bloedel Reserve, Tolmie State Park, Snoqualmie Falls
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 1:
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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nights
Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver ©
Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Granville Island and Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Kitsilano Beach and Crescent Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vancouver: Fort Langley National Historic Site (in Fort Langley), West Coast Railway Heritage Park (in Squamish) and Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve (in Chilliwack). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grouse Mountain, look for all kinds of wild species at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, wander the streets of Vancouver Downtown, and admire the striking features of Bloedel Conservatory.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Vancouver trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Seattle to Vancouver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vancouver: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

North Vancouver, Richmond, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Lighthouse Park, Crescent Beach
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve ©
Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

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