22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip itinerary planner

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to 3rd Ave & Vine St, Ferry to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
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Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Beacon Ave S & S Myrtle St, Train to Portland Union Station, Bus to Cannon Beach
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Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Castello di Amorosa. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville, approximately Guerneville away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker tool.

Lyon, France to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Lyon in June, things will get a bit cooler in San Francisco: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from San Francisco to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in San Simeon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel

— 3 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Take a break from the city and head to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and McWay Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). There's more to do: stroll through Carmel River State Beach and explore the galleries of Carmel Mission.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for colder days in Carmel, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake County Park (in Lee Vining) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park journey maker website.

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 3 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Moran State Park. Let the collections at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and Arctic Raven Gallery capture your imagination. Step out of Friday Harbor to go to Olga and see Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan, and experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Yosemite National Park to Friday Harbor takes 36 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Friday Harbor, with highs around 27°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Cannon Beach

— 2 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Haystack Rock and Hug Point State Recreation Site will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Rockaway Beach Wayside in Rockaway Beach (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanita Beach, and kick back and relax at Short Sands Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cannon Beach trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and bus from Friday Harbor to Cannon Beach in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Friday Harbor in July, you will find days in Cannon Beach are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips