14 days in West Coast Itinerary

14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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14 days in West Coast Itinerary

London
Fly + bus + taxi:  22​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h
Bend
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
bus + tram + Fly:  16​h 45​min
London

2
days
Yosemite National Park

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see a world frozen in time at Bodie State Historic Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation trip planner.

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park
Lembert Dome
Olmsted Point

2
days
San Simeon

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Simeon are much colder (18°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle

1
day
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, and then hike along Point Lobos State Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bend.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

San Carlos Cathedral
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Point Lobos State Reserve
San Carlos Cathedral

2
days
Bend

An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Deschutes National Forest. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at High Desert Museum and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bend vacation trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Bend by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Bend: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Museums
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High Desert Museum
Deschutes National Forest

3
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Columbia River Maritime Museum. Visiting Cannon Beach and Astoria Column will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock and immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Cannon Beach trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bend to Cannon Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Bend in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Cannon Beach, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Astoria
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Ecola State Park

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