24 days in West Coast Itinerary

24 days in West Coast Itinerary

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24 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
7
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Glasgow

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Silver Falls State Park and Pittock Mansion. Get outdoors at Willamette Valley and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Salem Railroad Station (in Salem) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, stop by Powell's City of Books, and examine the collection at Freakybuttrue Peculiarium.

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Glasgow, UK to Portland is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Glasgow in August, expect nights in Portland to be a bit warmer, around 18°C, while days are much hotter, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Salem Railroad Station, Silver Falls State Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Silver Falls State Park ©
Silver Falls State Park
Willamette Valley ©
Willamette Valley

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Ecola State Park and Fort Stevens State Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Columbia River Maritime Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannon Beach: Astoria Column (in Astoria) and Seafarers' Park (in Hammond). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Lewis & Clark Salt Works, explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, look for gifts at Seaside Candyman, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Portland to Cannon Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Portland in August, expect Cannon Beach to be slightly colder, temps between 25°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Astoria, Seaside, Seafarers' Park
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Fort Stevens State Park ©
Fort Stevens State Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Hurricane Ridge and Rialto Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Ruby Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Elwha Dam Removal Site (in Port Angeles) and Quinault Big Spruce Tree (in Quinault).

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip itinerary planning website .

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. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Elwha Dam Removal Site, Quinault Big Spruce Tree
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Asilomar State Beach and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Step out of Monterey with an excursion to West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, walk around Dennis the Menace Park, pause for some photo ops at The Cannery Row Monument, and admire all the interesting features of China Rock.

Plan trip to Monterey with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Olympic National Park to Monterey by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Olympic National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monterey, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Asilomar State Beach, China Rock, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove. Explore hidden gems such as Bridalveil Fall and Tioga Pass. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Shadow of the Giants Trail, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Shadow of the Giants Trail
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then cruise along Artists Dr.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Escape the urban bustle at Limekiln State Park and Point Sur State Historic Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Andrew Molera State Park and Old Coast Road. There's still lots to do: hike along Partington Cove, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, shop like a local with Coast Gallery Big Sur, and make a trip to Rocky Creek Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Big Sur takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, with highs in Big Sur at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sand Dollar Beach
Highlights from your plan
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park

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