22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast itinerary planner

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Newport
— 1 night
Drive
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Portland
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and City Lights Booksellers. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Fort Point, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like General Sherman Tree and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (in Bishop) and Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and trek along General Grant Tree Trail.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 18th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for slightly colder nights in San Simeon, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then cruise along Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and finally get great views at Dante's View.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Olympic National Park

— 2 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Step out of the city life by going to Hurricane Ridge and Rialto Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Olympic National Park. Step out of Olympic National Park with an excursion to Marymere Falls in Port Angeles--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, take in the natural beauty of Sol Duc Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Olympic National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August: highs in Olympic National Park hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Cannon Beach

— 1 night
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 24th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, then make a trip to Turnaround at Seaside, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Stevens State Park, enjoy the sea views from Lightship Columbia, appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, then pick up some new knowledge with Columbia River Maritime Museum, and finally take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, then visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and finally kick back and relax at Nye Beach.

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Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Newport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in August, you will find days in Newport are a bit cooler (20°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Portland

— 3 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.
The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Multnomah Falls will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, don't miss a visit to Pioneer Courthouse Square, examine the collection at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and stop by Powell's City of Books.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Portland trip planner.

Getting from Newport to Portland by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Newport in August, plan for much hotter days in Portland, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips