24 days in West Coast Itinerary

24 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
5
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Patrick Amiot in Sebastopol, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary site.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.
On the 17th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip maker app.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Giant Forest and Alabama Hills. There's lots more to do: stroll through General Grant Tree Trail, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and hike along Moro Rock Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannon Beach

— 2 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haystack Rock and Fort Stevens State Park. Visiting Cannon Beach and Columbia River Maritime Museum will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannon Beach: Tillamook (Cape Meares Lighthouse & Tillamook Air Museum) and Astoria (Astoria-Megler Bridge, Goonies House, &more). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Cannon Beach by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for colder days in Cannon Beach, with highs around 25°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hurricane Ridge and Ruby Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Crescent Lake. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Rialto Beach and take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park road trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park. August in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches