15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Portland
— 5 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights

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Portland

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ecola State Park and Cathedral Ridge Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: White Bird Gallery (in Cannon Beach), Astoria (Astoria Column & Columbia River Maritime Museum) and Cape Meares Lighthouse (in Tillamook). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, stop by Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, and admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Portland trip itinerary builder app.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Portland is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 15 hours traveling from Jakarta to Portland. When traveling from Jakarta in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Portland: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cape Meares Lighthouse ©
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and McWay Falls. Visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carmel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Fly from Portland to Carmel in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Carmel, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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San Simeon

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon journey builder website.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park travel route planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in September since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Artists Dr
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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