12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Portland
Drive:  2​h
1
Cannon Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Portland

1
day
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach and then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cannon Beach trip builder website .

Portland to Cannon Beach is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for slightly colder days in Cannon Beach, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

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 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mercer Slough Nature Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle online journey maker .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in July, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco route planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Seattle in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

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

4
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 in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, hike along Lembert Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park vacation planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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