11 days in West Coast Itinerary

11 days in West Coast Itinerary

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11 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Cascade Locks
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Pittsburgh

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planner.

Pittsburgh to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 2nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally hike along Partington Cove.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Big Sur trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally hike along Panorama Trail. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View and then stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park. While traveling from Big Sur, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Cascade Locks.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
Cascade Locks

Cascade Locks ©
Cascade Locks is a city in Hood River County, Oregon, United States. On the 5th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, relax in the rural setting at Kiyokawa Family Orchards, then admire the sheer force of Starvation Creek State Park, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Starvation Creek Ridge Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): hike along Little Zigzag Falls and then explore by horseback at Ramona Falls Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cascade Locks trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Cascade Locks. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Cascade Locks when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Cascade Locks

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Little Zigzag Falls, Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Ramona Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop ©
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop
Little Zigzag Falls ©
Little Zigzag Falls

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Relax by the water at Cannon Beach and Manzanita Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Ecola State Park and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Take a break from Cannon Beach with a short trip to Rockaway Beach Wayside in Rockaway Beach, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, stroll through Short Sands Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cannon Beach trip maker .

Traveling by car from Cascade Locks to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cascade Locks in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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