19 days in Washington State & California Itinerary

19 days in Washington State & California Itinerary

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19 days in Washington State & California Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + bus:  16​h 30​min
1
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + foot + bus + ferry:  6​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  15​h
End: Brussels

3
nights
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 Hurricane Ridge and Rialto Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Ruby Beach. Step out of Olympic National Park to go to Quinault and see Merriman Falls, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. It doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake and delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park vacation planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Olympic National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Merriman Falls
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Lime Kiln Point State Park, then head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Judd Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip planner .

Ride a ferry from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor in 6 hours. In September, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Judd Cove
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Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bodie State Historic Park. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel route builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Friday Harbor to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Friday Harbor in September, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
On the 14th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online route planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Exploratorium and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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