22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  14​h
1
Hood River
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+3
bus + tram + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
9
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
+2
ferry + bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. On the 6th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hood River trip website .

London, UK to Hood River is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from London in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hood River, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Hood River

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 8th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanita Beach, and then kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach Wayside.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Hood River to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hood River in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Cannon Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita Beach, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

2
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Crater Lake National Park and Whitehorse Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Crater Lake National Park side-trips: Salt Creek Falls (in Oakridge) and Umpqua National Forest (in Umpqua). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sun Notch Trail, stroll through Garfield Peak, and identify plant and animal life at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Crater Lake National Park trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Cannon Beach to Crater Lake National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in September: highs in Crater Lake National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Umpqua National Forest, Salt Creek Falls, Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Salt Creek Falls ©
Salt Creek Falls
Garfield Peak ©
Garfield Peak

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 15th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then explore the activities along Monterey Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Monterey are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ 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 18th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

Take the guesswork out of planning a San Simeon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

1
night
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 19th (Thu): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

2
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 off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. There's still lots to do: get great views at Tunnel View, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and hike along Panorama Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

2
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lime Kiln Point State Park. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Horseshu Guest Ranch, shop like a local with WaterWorks Gallery, see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and view the masterpieces at Island Studios.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Friday Harbor road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Friday Harbor with the Route module. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Friday Harbor, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

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