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
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pescadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Portland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
9
Seattle
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Zurich

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

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. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
nights
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Gray Whale Cove State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pescadero itinerary builder site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Pescadero in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Pescadero can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach
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San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach
Gray Whale Cove State Beach ©
Gray Whale Cove State Beach

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stop by The Cheese Shop, then stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel tool .

Getting from Pescadero to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Pescadero, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

7
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

6
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles, and stop by Amoeba Music.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

6
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Attractions like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. You'll get in some beach time at Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach. Pack the 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

5
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Little Zigzag Falls. Attractions like Powell's City of Books and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Welches (Mt. Hood National Forest & Wildwood Recreation Site). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Portland Saturday Market, choose your vessel at HOOK'EM UP Guide Service, take in the views from Tilikum Crossing, and stroll through Laurelhurst Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Portland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Portland, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Welches, Little Zigzag Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
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Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Tillamook Rock Light, take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, stop by Bronze Coast Gallery, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip maker .

You can drive from Portland to Cannon Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, Cannon Beach is little chillier than Portland - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

6
nights
Seattle

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Alki Beach and Seahurst Beach Park. Do your shopping at Pike Place Market and Chukar Cherries. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Olympic National Park (Murhut Falls & Hood Canal). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, get some jogging in at Discovery Park, identify plant and animal life at Mercer Slough Nature Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seattle trip planning site .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cannon Beach in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Seahurst Beach Park, Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Murhut Falls ©
Murhut Falls
Hood Canal ©
Hood Canal

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