22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
+3
Fly + foot + bus + ferry:  3​h 45​min
1
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  7​h 45​min
7
Astoria
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

3
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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Springtide Paddlesports. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moran State Park and The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands. Explore Friday Harbor's surroundings by going to Spencer Spit State Park (in Lopez Island) and Buck Bay Shellfish Farm (in Olga). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park and experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor day trip planning site .

Vancouver, Canada to Friday Harbor is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight, bus, and ferry. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Friday Harbor when traveling from Vancouver in August, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Olga, Spencer Spit State Park
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Tunnel View. Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder website .

Explore your travel options from Friday Harbor to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Friday Harbor in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. On your second day here, cruise along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then stroll through Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos. We've included these beaches for you: Carmel River State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Change things up with a short trip to McWay Falls in Big Sur (about 1 hour away). Spend the 22nd (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Monterey online trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in August, plan for colder days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) 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
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bodega Dunes and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planning app .

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 August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Astoria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Bodega Dunes, Bodega Head, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Short Sands Beach and Manzanita Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Hug Point State Recreation Site and Cannon Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cannon Beach (Ecola State Park & Haystack Rock), Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach) and Spas & Wellness (in Manzanita). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Astoria Column, take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Astoria tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Astoria in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Astoria can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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