10 days in West Coast Itinerary

10 days in West Coast Itinerary

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10 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Portland
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Portland

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 26th (Sun), visit a coastal fixture at Lightship Columbia, then immerse yourself in nature at Del Rey Beach State Recreation Site, and then admire the majestic nature at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): view the masterpieces at White Bird Gallery, stop by Bruce's Candy Kitchen, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then shop like a local with Icefire Glassworks, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cannon Beach Distillery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach route planner.

Portland to Cannon Beach is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Del Rey Beach State Recreation Site, Lightship Columbia
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White Bird Gallery ©
White Bird Gallery
Lightship Columbia ©
Lightship Columbia
Icefire Glassworks ©
Icefire Glassworks

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mission Beach Boardwalk and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Old Town Model Railroad Depot and Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Oceanside (Harbor Beach & Oceanside Museum of Art) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see reviews and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to San Diego takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cannon Beach in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 77°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oceanside, Moonlight State Beach
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Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum

1
night
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 31st (Fri): take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (94°F), and nights are little chillier (56°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visit Lovers Point and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. Venture out of the city with trips to National Steinbeck Center (in Salinas), Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista) and McWay Falls (in Big Sur). There's much more to do: hike along Scenic Road Walkway, take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and appreciate the history behind The Cannery Row Monument.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary website .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are cooler, around 70°F. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Mission San Juan Bautista, National Steinbeck Center
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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