15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
+3
bus + Fly + tram + bus:  10​h 45​min
5
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Hood River
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Berlin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at June Mountain, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mono Lake County Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then get great views at Tunnel View, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planning app .

Berlin, Germany to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Yosemite National Park is minus 9 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

June Mountain, Mono Lake County Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
June Mountain ©
June Mountain

3
nights
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Visiting Point Lobos and Monterey Bay will get you outdoors. Spend the 27th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars, admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive, and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then look for gifts at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Cambria Nursery and Florist ©
Cambria Nursery and Florist

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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 29th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then hike along Gower Gulch Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planning website .

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Death Valley National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, then kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Short Sands Beach, and then kick back and relax at Hug Point State Recreation Site.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cannon Beach itinerary maker site .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Cannon Beach by combination of bus and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hood River.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Hug Point State Recreation Site ©
Hug Point State Recreation Site
Short Sands Beach ©
Short Sands Beach

3
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Get outdoors at Cottonwood Canyon State Park and Imperial River Company. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rowena Crest Viewpoint and Starvation Creek Ridge Loop. Change things up with a short trip to Schreiner Farms in Lyle (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, do a tasting at Sunshine Mill Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Starvation Creek State Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Hood River travel planner .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Hood River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daytime highs in Hood River are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, Mosier, Cottonwood Canyon State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Sunshine Mill Winery
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Cottonwood Canyon State Park ©
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop ©
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop

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