15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast itinerary maker

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Fly to San Francisco International Airport, Drive to Monterey
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Portland
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Portland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bend
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Seattle, Ferry to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Seattle Clipper Terminal, Fly to Dresden

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Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: Big Sur (McWay Falls & Bixby Bridge). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Dresden, Germany to Monterey is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. When traveling from Dresden in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): trek along Mariposa Grove, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel route app.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Portland

— 3 nights

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 discover tucked-away gems like Washington Park and Lan Su Chinese Garden. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Oregon Zoo and Portland Art Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Multnomah Falls in Bridal Veil (about 38 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, and explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Portland road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Portland. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Portland. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cannon Beach

— 2 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 7th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haystack Rock. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park and then take in the exciting artwork at White Bird Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Portland in August, expect Cannon Beach to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bend.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Bend

— 2 nights
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park and then get impressive views of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. On the next day, examine the collection at High Desert Museum and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bend journey planner.

You can fly from Cannon Beach to Bend in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, you will find days in Bend are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Crater Lake National Park

— 1 night
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 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Crater Lake National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Bend to Crater Lake National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Bend in August, things will get a bit warmer in Crater Lake National Park: highs are around 39°C and lows about 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 1 night
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 12th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Crater Lake National Park to Friday Harbor in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in August: high temperatures in Friday Harbor hover around 27°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks