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:  11​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Fort Bragg
— 1 day
+3
Bus + Fly + Tram + Bus:  9​h
4
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cascade Locks
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Pittsburgh

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get great views at Tunnel View, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip website .

Pittsburgh to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pittsburgh in June, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Big Sur are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

1
day
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 4th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach, kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip app .

Drive from Big Sur to Fort Bragg in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Manzanita Beach and Rockaway Beach Wayside will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Hug Point State Park and Short Sands Beach. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hug Point State Recreation Site, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haystack Rock, and admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Fort Bragg to Cannon Beach in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in Cannon Beach are colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Cascade Locks.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Cascade Locks

Cascade Locks ©
Cascade Locks is a city in Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, experience rural life at Kiyokawa Family Orchards, then take in the dramatic scenery at Starvation Creek State Park, and finally trek along Starvation Creek Ridge Loop. On your second day here, trek along Little Zigzag Falls and then ride a horse along Ramona Falls Trail.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cascade Locks trip planner .

Drive from Cannon Beach to Cascade Locks in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Cascade Locks, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cascade Locks

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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