11 days in San Diego, Santa Cruz & Oregon Coast Itinerary

11 days in San Diego, Santa Cruz & Oregon Coast Itinerary

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San Diego
— 3 nights
Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights


San Diego — 3 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning app.

Seattle to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Cruz.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
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Santa Cruz — 4 nights

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Get outdoors at Point Lobos and Mission San Juan Bautista. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cannery Row. Venture out of the city with trips to Carmel (Carmel River State Beach & The Cheese Shop) and San Carlos Cathedral (in Monterey). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Santa Cruz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Cruz, with lows around 52°F. You'll set off for Cannon Beach on the 20th (Tue).
Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Cannon Beach — 3 nights

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Relax by the water at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Get in touch with nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Ecola State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Tillamook (Blue Heron Cheese & Wine Company & Cape Meares Lighthouse). It doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Tillamook Rock Light.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach route builder site.

You can fly from Santa Cruz to Cannon Beach in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in June, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches
Side Trips
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Oregon Coast travel guide

State Parks · Beaches · Geologic Formations
The Beaver State
Saved from the pitfalls of modern urban development by government decisions made in the 1910s, the Oregon coast remains one of the country's most picturesque natural places to visit, featuring more than 80 state parks. Tourism from around the world thrives here all year long, with visitors eager to drive up and down this scenic stretch of the Pacific coastline, marked by rocky headlands and lush vegetation. Crossed by rivers and dotted with dense forests, the area offers nature lovers a chance to boat, fish, hike, and whale-watch. Start your Oregon vacation by exploring the northern end of the coastline, famous for its vibrant beach resorts and quaint seaside retreats.