15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + Bus + Ferry:  13 h
1
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
+4
Ferry + Foot + Bus + Tram + Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Tram + Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Judd Cove Preserve, then walk around The Orcas Island Historical Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Turtleback Mountain. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands, then stop by Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harbor, and then admire the masterpieces at IMA - San Juan Islands Museum of Art.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor day trip tool.

Chicago to Friday Harbor is an approximately 13- hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, car, shuttle, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from Chicago to Friday Harbor, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, things will get a bit cooler in Friday Harbor: highs are around 74°F and lows about 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Orcas Island
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Judd Cove Preserve ©
Judd Cove Preserve
Turtleback Mountain ©
Turtleback Mountain
The Orcas Island Historical Museum ©
The Orcas Island Historical Museum

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sturgeon Viewing Pond and Interpretive Center and Tilikum Crossing. Escape the urban bustle at Eagle Creek Trail and Angels Rest Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Guy Talbot State Park (in Corbett), Lower Punchbowl Falls (in Cascade Locks) and Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area (in Troutdale). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens, stroll around Director Park, and shop like a local with Portland Farmers Market - Office Location.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Portland route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Friday Harbor to Portland takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Friday Harbor in August; daily highs in Portland reach 85°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area, Guy Talbot State Park, Angels Rest Trail
Highlights from your plan
Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens ©
Peninsula Park and Rose Gardens
Guy Talbot State Park ©
Guy Talbot State Park
Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area ©
Shepperd's Dell State Natural Area

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cannon Beach Distillery, then take an in-depth tour of Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Bronze Coast Gallery.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Portland in August, with highs in Cannon Beach at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Breweries & Distilleries Beaches Parks
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Cannon Beach Distillery ©
Cannon Beach Distillery
Cannon Beach History Center and Museum ©
Bronze Coast Gallery ©
Bronze Coast Gallery

1
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 29th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Vidae Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Watchman Peak, then hike along Annie Creek Canyon, and finally trek along Pinnacles Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park trip app.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Cannon Beach to Crater Lake National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in August: highs in Crater Lake National Park hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Watchman Peak ©
Watchman Peak
Annie Creek Canyon ©
Annie Creek Canyon
Pinnacles Trail ©
Pinnacles Trail

2
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.
On the 30th (Sun), hike along Four Mile Trail, trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pothole Dome, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder app.

Do a combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. In August, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Crater Lake National Park - with highs of 81°F and lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Valley View ©
Valley View

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. On the 1st (Tue), kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, don't miss a visit to Carmel Beach Boardwalk, examine the collection at Sunset Cultural Center, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Gallery Carmel, and finally learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel online route builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Museums Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Cultural Center ©
Sunset Cultural Center
Carmel Beach Boardwalk ©
Carmel Beach Boardwalk
Caraccioli Cellars ©
Caraccioli Cellars

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get great views at Ragged Point, take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then stroll through William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and finally do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in September, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ragged Point
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 3rd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and then contemplate the long history of Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Find out how to plan Death Valley National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from San Simeon in September, with lows around 63°F. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

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