18 days in West Coast & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

18 days in West Coast & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Astoria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 1 night
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Jackson
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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 some cultural sightseeing at Seattle Art Museum and The Museum of Flight. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seattle Public Library and Green Lake Park. Dedicate the 4th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory, take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Kerry Park, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle holiday planner.

San Francisco to Seattle is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Seattle

Tours · Wineries · Museums · Parks

Astoria

— 2 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Clark's Dismal Nitch, admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Northwest By Northwest Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Astoria Column, don't miss a visit to Goonies House, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park, then take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge, and finally shop like a local with White Bird Gallery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Astoria trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Seattle to Astoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in June, things will get slightly colder in Astoria: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Newport

— 1 night
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): kick back and relax at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean to Bay Trail, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Newport driving holiday planner.

Drive from Astoria to Newport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Astoria in June: highs in Newport hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Portland

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Tue), look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.

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Traveling by car from Newport to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Newport in June, expect Portland to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Half Dome and Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Portland to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Portland in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 13th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Simeon travel tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, with highs in San Simeon at 39°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Beaches

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for much colder days in Monterey, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of the city life by going to Upper Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Midway Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots, contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, hike along Lone Star Geyser, and take in the natural beauty of Grand Geyser.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park holiday builder tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Monterey to Yellowstone National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, taxi, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monterey to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Yellowstone National Park when traveling from Monterey in June, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Oregon travel guide

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Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.