24 days in West Coast Itinerary

24 days in West Coast Itinerary

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24 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
11
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip builder .

Drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sentinel Dome and El Capitan. Get outdoors at Vernal Fall and Tunnel View. And it doesn't end there: trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel route builder site .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and finally hike along Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel tour planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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 30th (Mon): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Simeon fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and finally stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Grant Grove, stroll through Congress Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in September since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, do a tasting at Sokol Blosser Winery, then contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, trek along Forest Park, then take a peaceful walk through The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, then admire the sheer force of Multnomah Falls, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Portland takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Portland, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Columbia River Highway, Sokol Blosser Winery
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ©
Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 5th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach.

You can plan Cannon Beach trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

3
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ruby Beach and Murhut Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge. And it doesn't end there: hike along Hoh River Trail, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach Trail, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rialto Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Snoqualmie Falls, then see the interesting displays at Museum of History & Industry, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seattle journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Olympic National Park in October since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 11°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Trails

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture

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