12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Portland International Airport
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Portland
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Thu), examine the collection at de Young Museum, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. On the next day, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning tool.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Boston to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 15th (Sat), stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon visit planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in May, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 65°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

3
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Portland

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 22nd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Haystack Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get a dose of the wild on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, then stop by Powell's City of Books, and finally admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Portland trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Portland. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Portland. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips