12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Fri), trek along Snoqualmie Falls and then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Meadowdale Beach Park and then stroll through Seahurst Beach Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle tour builder website .

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Seattle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, plan for little chillier nights in Seattle, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, Seahurst Beach Park, Meadowdale Beach Park
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Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 14th (Sun), kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip planner .

Drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect Cannon Beach to be slightly colder, temps between 69°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

2
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oregon Coast Aquarium. On the 16th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Cape Foulweather, then meet the residents at Oregon Coast Aquarium, and then admire the majestic nature at South Beach State Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, admire the majestic nature at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, and then admire the majestic nature at Beverly Beach State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport holiday planner.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in July, things will get little chillier in Newport: highs are around 63°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Beverly Beach State Park
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Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Cape Foulweather ©
Cape Foulweather
Beverly Beach State Park ©
Beverly Beach State Park

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 17th (Wed), trek along Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Enderts Beach and then trek along Trillium Falls Hike.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Newport to Redwood National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). On the 21st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
San Diego Zoo has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma and then take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier.

To find ratings and other tourist information, read San Diego online driving holiday planner .

Getting from San Francisco to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

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