12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Fly:  7 h
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Ferry + Bus:  4 h 15 min
2
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
3
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Eureka
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Cincinnati

1
night
Seattle

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Seattle online travel planner .

Cincinnati to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Cincinnati to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cincinnati in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Seattle, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 14th (Mon), kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at Merriman Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Quinault Big Spruce Tree. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Olympic Peninsula, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Olympic National Park tour planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, Olympic National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. You will leave for Redwood National Park on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Quinault, Olympic Peninsula
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

3
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
You'll get in some beach time at Enderts Beach and Gold Bluffs Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Redwood National Park and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. There's much more to do: hike along Trillium Falls Hike, take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove, and tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Redwood National Park holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to Redwood National Park with the Route module. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Eureka.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Orick
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

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night
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at College Cove, grab your bike and head to Hikshari Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Headwaters Forest Reserve, and finally identify plant and animal life at Samoa Dunes Recreation Area.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Eureka trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Eureka takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Eureka can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

College Cove, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area
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Headwaters Forest Reserve ©
Headwaters Forest Reserve
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area ©
Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and then explore the activities along San Francisco Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Lands End, kick back and relax at China Beach, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Eureka to San Francisco in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Eureka in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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