42 days in West Coast Itinerary

42 days in West Coast Itinerary

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42 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
Crater Lake National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
Hood River
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Sequim
— 4 nights
+3
bus + bus + Drive + ferry:  7​h
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  17​h
End: Zurich

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Exploratorium and The Embarcadero. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip site .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Goat Rock Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 4th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, then stroll through Glass Beach, and then kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip builder website .

Getting from San Francisco to Fort Bragg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Fort Bragg are much warmer (41°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Big River
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Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Moro Rock and Manzanar National Historic Site. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at General Sherman Tree and Museum of Western Film History. Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Alabama Hills in Lone Pine--about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Manzanar National Historic Site
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

1
night
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 15th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Death Valley National Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon

4
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Get outdoors at Crater Lake National Park and Garfield Peak. Step off the beaten path and head to Waldo Lake and Whitehorse Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to National Creek Falls (in Prospect) and Salt Creek Falls (in Oakridge). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Toketee Falls, trek along Cleetwood Cove Trail, stroll through Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Watchman Peak.

Plan trip to Crater Lake National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect Crater Lake National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 40°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Prospect, Oakridge
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Garfield Peak ©
Garfield Peak
Waldo Lake ©
Waldo Lake

3
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Visiting Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge and Sandland Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Sand Master Park (in Florence), Alderhouse Glass Blowers (in Lincoln City) and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (in Pacific City). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Well, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Crater Lake National Park to Newport takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July: highs in Newport hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Yachats, Florence, Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Alderhouse Glass Blowers
Highlights from your plan
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get in touch with nature at Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park. Bring the kids along to Haystack Rock and Rockaway Beach Wayside. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannon Beach: Astoria (Astoria Column, Young River Falls, & more). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach and admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach vacation builder website .

Getting from Newport to Cannon Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Newport in July, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hood River.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

5
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Cottonwood Canyon State Park will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ramona Falls Trail and Little Zigzag Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Hood River: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Coldwater Lake (in Amboy) and Welches (Salmon River Trail & Mt. Hood National Forest). The adventure continues: hike along Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, examine the collection at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, head outdoors with Big Winds, and experience rural life at Draper Girls Country Farm.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hood River trip planner.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Hood River in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Cannon Beach, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hood River, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sequim.

Things to do in Hood River

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Welches, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Little Zigzag Falls, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Coldwater Lake
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Canyon State Park ©
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

4
nights
Sequim

Sequim ©
Sequim is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Hurricane Ridge and Murhut Falls. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Olympic Peninsula and Dungeness River Audubon Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequim: Olympic National Park (Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, Hood Canal, & more). The adventure continues: explore by horseback at Olympic Discovery Trail, relax in the rural setting at B&B Family Farm, and admire all the interesting features of Jardin du Soleil.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Sequim vacation builder app .

Getting from Hood River to Sequim by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Hood River in August: high temperatures in Sequim hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Sequim

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Washington State
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Murhut Falls ©
Murhut Falls

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night
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 8th (Thu): head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, and then get outside with Springtide Paddlesports.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor online journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and ferry from Sequim to Friday Harbor in 7 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Friday Harbor can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Pelindaba Lavender Farm ©
Pelindaba Lavender Farm

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