15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Fly + Tram + Bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
4
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
+3
Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  7​h 30​min
5
Hood River
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Exploratorium and then make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in August: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monterey journey planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Bixby Bridge
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 8th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get outside with Springtide Paddlesports, explore and take pictures at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, and then get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Friday Harbor day trip tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from San Simeon to Friday Harbor in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Friday Harbor: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Hood River.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Theme Parks Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zip San Juan ©
Zip San Juan
Pelindaba Lavender Farm ©
Pelindaba Lavender Farm

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night
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Starvation Creek Ridge Loop, then take in the dramatic scenery at Starvation Creek State Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Port Marina Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Punchbowl Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hood River trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Friday Harbor to Hood River in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Friday Harbor in August: high temperatures in Hood River hover around 32°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
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Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Punchbowl Falls ©
Punchbowl Falls

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night
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, delve into the lush surroundings at Umpqua National Forest, then admire the sheer force of Toketee Falls, and finally take a memorable drive along Rim Dr.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary site .

Drive from Hood River to Crater Lake National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Hood River in August, expect nights in Crater Lake National Park to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, Umpqua National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and take in the views from Pohono Bridge.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in August: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C and lows are around 7°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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