9 days in West Coast Itinerary

9 days in West Coast Itinerary

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9 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  9​h 30​min
Hood River
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+3
bus + tram + Fly + bus:  9​h
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Charlotte

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Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. On the 9th (Sat), learn about winemaking at AniChe Cellars.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Hood River trip itinerary maker tool .

Charlotte to Hood River is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Hood River is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Charlotte, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Hood River, ranging from highs of 52°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Hood River

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Mosier, AniChe Cellars, Columbia Hills State Park
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Rowena Crest Viewpoint ©
Rowena Crest Viewpoint
AniChe Cellars ©
AniChe Cellars

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach vacation planner .

Drive from Hood River to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 54°F in March, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

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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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to Carmel in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in March: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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San Simeon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 72°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then trek along Wawona Meadow. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in March: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Nature, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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