17 days in Washington State & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

17 days in Washington State & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

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17 days in Washington State & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 6 nights
Ferry + Bus:  2​h 45​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 6 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Tram + Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Arroyo Grande
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Kansas City

6
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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Do your shopping at Pike Place Market and The Elliott Bay Book Company. Visiting Alki Beach and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks will get you outdoors. Step out of Seattle to go to Snoqualmie and see Snoqualmie Falls, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 4th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the landmark architecture of Space Needle, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Discovery Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle travel itinerary planner.

Kansas City to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Seattle is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kansas City in June: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to ride a ferry to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

6
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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Get outdoors at Ruby Beach and Olympic National Park. When in Olympic National Park, make a side trip to see Quinault Big Spruce Tree in Quinault, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Rialto Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, stroll through Sol Duc Falls, and cruise along Hurricane Ridge.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park trip itinerary maker.

Ride a ferry from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seattle in July; daily highs in Olympic National Park reach 69°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach

3
nights
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 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Olympic National Park to San Simeon takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. While traveling from Olympic National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arroyo Grande.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

1
night
Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande ©
Arroyo Grande is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. On the 15th (Sat), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Arroyo Grande trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Simeon to Arroyo Grande in 1.5 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Arroyo Grande, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arroyo Grande

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Montana de Oro State Park
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Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Lopez Lake Campground (entrance) ©
Lopez Lake Campground (entrance)

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