38 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

38 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

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38 days in United States & Vancouver Itinerary

Zurich, Switzerland
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco, United States
— 3 nights
+3
subway + Fly + taxi + bus:  5​h 30​min
Florence, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Newport, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Rockaway Beach, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Portland, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
Astoria, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Seattle, United States
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Vancouver, Canada
— 7 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Zurich, Switzerland

2
days
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique and then engage your brain at Exploratorium. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks and then identify plant and animal life at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

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Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Zurich to San Francisco. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Zurich in May, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

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Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
days
Florence, United States

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Visiting Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Backstreet Gallery and Umpqua River Lighthouse. It doesn't end there: trek along Hobbit Trail.

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Getting from San Francisco to Florence by combination of subway, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Francisco in May, with highs in Florence at 18°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Florence

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Reedsport, Umpqua River Lighthouse
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Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area ©
Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area
Umpqua River Lighthouse ©
Umpqua River Lighthouse
Backstreet Gallery ©
Backstreet Gallery

4
days
Newport, United States

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Rock Your World: Pacific NW Rock, Gem & Jewelry Gallery. Visit Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area and Agate Beach State Park for some beach relaxation. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Lincoln City (Prehistoric, Alderhouse Glass Blowers, & more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Beverly Beach State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for gifts at Ainslee's Salt Water Taffy.

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Getting from Florence to Newport by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Newport can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rockaway Beach.

Things to do in Newport

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Beverly Beach State Park
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4
days
Rockaway Beach, United States

Rockaway Beach ©
Rockaway Beach is a city in Tillamook County, Oregon, United States. Appreciate the collections at Tillamook County Pioneer Msm and Latimer Quilt & Textile Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Meares Lighthouse and Garibaldi Museum. Explore Rockaway Beach's surroundings by going to Tillamook Air Museum (in Tillamook) and Pacific City (Bob Straub State Park & Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area). There's still lots to do: stroll through Manzanita Beach, stop by Tillamook Country Smoker, and tee off at Manzanita Golf Course.

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Drive from Newport to Rockaway Beach in 2 hours. Traveling from Newport in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rockaway Beach, with lows around 16°C. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel to Portland.

Things to do in Rockaway Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trips

Tillamook, Pacific City, Manzanita, Tillamook Country Smoker, Garibaldi Museum
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Manzanita Golf Course ©
Manzanita Golf Course
Cape Meares Lighthouse ©
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Garibaldi Museum ©
Garibaldi Museum

6
days
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 Silver Falls State Park. Get some historical perspective at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Oregon Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Hood River (Mount Hood & Marchesi Vineyards & Winery) and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center (in The Dalles). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, take a memorable drive along Willamette Valley, examine the collection at Portland Art Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

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Drive from Rockaway Beach to Portland in 2 hours. Traveling from Rockaway Beach in May, expect nights in Portland to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Astoria.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hood River, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Silver Falls State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood

3
days
Astoria, United States

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Get some cultural insight at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Popular historic sites such as North Head Lighthouse and Lightship Columbia are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Astoria side-trips: Ilwaco (Don Nisbett Art Gallery & Cape Disappointment Lighthouse) and Cranberry Museum (in Long Beach). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Astoria Column.

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You can drive from Portland to Astoria in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Astoria, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Astoria

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Ilwaco, Cranberry Museum
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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse ©
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
North Head Lighthouse ©
North Head Lighthouse

6
days
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 discover tucked-away gems like The Museum of Flight and Snoqualmie Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Point No Point Lighthouse. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Bainbridge Island to see Bloedel Reserve about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse-Studio, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo.

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You can drive from Astoria to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Astoria in June, you will find days in Seattle are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). On the 13th (Wed), you're off toVancouver.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Olympic Peninsula, Point No Point Lighthouse & Park, Bloedel Reserve, Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

7
days
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Stanley Park and Spanish Banks. Popular historic sites such as Fort Langley National Historic Site and International Buddhist Society are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Vancouver side-trips: Farm Ventures (in Roberts Creek), Crescent Beach (in Surrey) and Britannia Mine Museum (in Britannia Beach). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Granville Island, kick back and relax at Wreck Beach, enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at English Bay.

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Traveling by car from Seattle to Vancouver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Vancouver can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vancouver

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Fort Langley National Historic Site, Farm Ventures, Crescent Beach
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Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach
Granville Island ©
Granville Island
Kitsilano Beach ©
Kitsilano Beach

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