22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  19​h
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
+4
ferry + taxi + Fly + tram + bus:  7​h 45​min
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Hood River
— 2 nights
+4
bus + tram + Fly + bus + taxi:  10​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  16​h
Manchester

3
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Second Beach Trail and Sol Duc Falls. Get outdoors at Olympic National Park and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach and take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip itinerary builder.

Manchester, UK to Olympic National Park is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Olympic National Park due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach
Sol Duc Falls
Olympic National Park

2
days
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Moran State Park, see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and then get outside with Springtide Paddlesports.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor itinerary planner.

Fly from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Moran State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moran State Park
Pelindaba Lavender Farm

2
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Icefire Glassworks, then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Beach Books, tour the pleasant surroundings at Columbia River Maritime Museum, stroll through Astoria Column, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach vacation builder.

Do a combination of ferry, taxi, flight, and bus from Friday Harbor to Cannon Beach in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Cannon Beach when traveling from Friday Harbor in July, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hood River.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Beach Books, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum

2
days
Hood River

The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls and then look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get impressive views of Mount Hood, then shop like a local with Hood River Lavender, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hood River travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Hood River in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in August: highs in Hood River hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hood
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
Visiting Olmsted Point and Panorama Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, trek along Wawona Meadow, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Hood River to Yosemite National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Hood River in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls
Panorama Trail
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail

1
day
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 7th (Tue): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip 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 colder (18°C), and nights are a bit warmer (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas

4
days
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Limekiln State Park and Marina State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Marina State Beach, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach

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