20 days in West Coast Itinerary

20 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast route builder

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly to North Bend, Drive to Newport
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Newport
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): trek along General Grant Tree Trail, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route planning app.

Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and hike along Four Mile Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 19th (Fri), kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): kick back and relax at Lovers Point, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Safari West. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
On the 25th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: deepen your understanding at Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center, immerse yourself in nature at Yachats State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Smelt Sands State Park, then examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Newport online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Newport in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Newport is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Portland

— 4 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount St. Helens. Step out of the city life by going to Multnomah Falls and Cannon Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Haystack Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Astoria Column (in Astoria) and Ecola State Park (in Cannon Beach). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden and admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Newport to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newport in July: high temperatures in Portland hover around 33°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips