22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Manchester
Fly + bus:  16​h
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+4
taxi + bus + Fly + tram + bus:  11​h 45​min
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
+4
bus + tram + Fly + taxi + ferry:  7​h 45​min
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
Manchester

3
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see Partington Cove about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, UK to Carmel is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
On the 27th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip generator.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit cooler (17°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas Light Station
Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lembert Dome and Tuolumne Meadows. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tenaya Lake and Olmsted Point. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder.

Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows
Tenaya Lake

3
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Manzanita Beach and Tillamook Rock Light. Take a break from the city and head to Long Beach and Haystack Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Astoria (Astoria Column & Columbia River Maritime Museum). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, look for gifts at Beach Books, and immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Cannon Beach takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Cannon Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 6th (Mon), you're off toFriday Harbor.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita Beach, Beach Books, Long Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park
Long Beach
Cannon Beach

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kayaking & Canoeing and Moran State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pelindaba Lavender Farm and Spas & Wellness. Explore Friday Harbor's surroundings by going to Deception Pass State Park (in Oak Harbor) and Buck Bay Shellfish Farm (in Olga). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, view the masterpieces at Island Studio, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Friday Harbor trip generator.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, taxi, and ferry from Cannon Beach to Friday Harbor in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Friday Harbor when traveling from Cannon Beach in August, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to fly to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Olga, Deception Pass State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moran State Park
Pelindaba Lavender Farm

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park and then stroll through Hurricane Ridge. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Second Beach Trail and then kick back and relax at Ruby Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park
Hurricane Ridge

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