25 days in West Coast Itinerary

25 days in West Coast Itinerary

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25 days in West Coast Itinerary

Calgary
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Underwood
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
ferry + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Calgary

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Calgary in August, plan for warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 46°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

2
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and then make a trip to General Sherman Tree. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 42°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

4
days
Yosemite National Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Change things up with a short trip to Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum in Groveland (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, hike along Wawona Meadow, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 13th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Tours, #Parks, #Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
days
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): stop by Powell's City of Books, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rogerson Clematis Garden, and finally explore the striking landscape of Multnomah Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, take in nature's colorful creations at Elk Rock Garden, and then admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Portland trip builder app .

Getting from San Francisco to Portland by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Underwood.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Rogerson Clematis Garden
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International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

1
day
Underwood

Underwood ©
Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and then learn about winemaking at Phelps Creek Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Underwood trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Portland to Underwood takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Portland in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Underwood: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Underwood

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Phelps Creek Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Phelps Creek Vineyards ©
Phelps Creek Vineyards

2
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, and then stop by Beach Books. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Maritime Museum, then appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, then indulge your taste buds at Seaside Candyman, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach online tour planner .

Getting from Underwood to Cannon Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Underwood in August, things will get a bit cooler in Cannon Beach: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Seaside, Astoria
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

2
days
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 20th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Safeco Field and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Seattle online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Seattle by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in August: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

#Tours, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Moran State Park. Step out of Friday Harbor with an excursion to Orcas Island Pottery in Eastsound--about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, admire all the interesting features of Schooners North, and don't miss a visit to English Camp.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Friday Harbor takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. In August, Friday Harbor is little chillier than Seattle - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours

Side Trips

Moran State Park, Orcas Island Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Orcas Island Pottery ©
Orcas Island Pottery
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

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