13 days in West Coast Itinerary

13 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip itinerary planner
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Fly
1
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
6
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
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Cannon Beach — 2 nights

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at International Police Museum, then view the masterpieces at Cannon Beach Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and finally stroll through Cannon Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at White Bird Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach travel itinerary planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Cannon Beach is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentina Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in March, expect Cannon Beach to be much colder, temps between 14°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can fly to San Simeon.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trip

San Simeon — 2 nights

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.
On the 4th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online attractions planner.

You can fly from Cannon Beach to San Simeon in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Cannon Beach in March, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trip

Carmel — 3 nights

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visiting Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and China Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, don't miss a visit to John Denver Memorial, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in March, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit warmer, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Side Trips

Yosemite National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, then explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel route planning website.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Carmel in March, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are cooler (-5°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.
Nature · Parks

Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, get great views at Dante's View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and finally explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in March: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Palm Springs — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Indian Canyons, and then wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Palm Springs Air Museum, stroll through Coachella Valley Preserve, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs trip builder.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, expect Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Nature · Museums · Parks · Tours
Side Trip