22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Manchester
Fly:  14​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Underwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
Manchester

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Bay. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore and take pictures at AT&T Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary builder.

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument
The Exploratorium

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Seal Rookery and Morro Rock. Step out of San Simeon to go to Los Osos and see Montana de Oro State Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, explore the historical opulence of Friends of Hearst Castle, and trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock, Montana de Oro State Park
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock
Piedras Blancas

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. You will leave for Underwood on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
Underwood

Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington, United States. On the 17th (Thu), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then look for gifts at Apple Valley Country Store, and then identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Underwood sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Underwood with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Underwood hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Underwood

Adventure Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hood River, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Apple Valley Country Store

4
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Astoria (Fort Stevens State Park, Columbia River Maritime Museum, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, stop by Bruce's Candy Kitchen, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Underwood to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. Traveling from Underwood in August, expect Cannon Beach to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

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

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