15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Newport
— 3 nights
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Glasgow

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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 20th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden and then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, then stop by Powell's City of Books, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Portland trip planner.

Glasgow, UK to Portland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Glasgow to Portland due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Glasgow in July; daily highs in Portland reach 33°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, The Depot Rail Museum, Phelps Creek Vineyards, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion
Phelps Creek Vineyards ©
Phelps Creek Vineyards

3
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Heceta Head Lighthouse. We've included these beaches for you: Nye Beach and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest & Yachats coastline). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, take in the exciting artwork at The Edge Art Gallery, hike along Ocean to Bay Trail, and look for gifts at Made in Oregon.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Newport journey planner .

You can drive from Portland to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, you will find days in Newport are much colder (20°C), and nights are a bit cooler (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yachats, Heceta Head Lighthouse, The Edge Art Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Newport to Death Valley National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Newport in July, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 45°C and lows at 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our San Simeon journey builder app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, San Simeon is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel tour itinerary builder website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panorama Trail and Vernal Fall. Get outdoors at Tioga Pass and Glacier Point. Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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