26 days in West Coast Itinerary

26 days in West Coast Itinerary

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26 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
+3
Fly + tram + bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+3
bus + tram + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
San Simeon
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
8
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Tel Aviv

2
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.
Head to Island Studios and Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harborfor some retail therapy. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, witness the site of a historic battle at American Camp, head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, and see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Friday Harbor itinerary planning tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Friday Harbor is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Friday Harbor due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tel Aviv in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Friday Harbor: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

2
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 24th (Tue): learn the secrets of production at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Boeing Future of Flight
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Cannon Beach and Manzanita Beach. Get outdoors at Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Rockaway Beach Wayside in Rockaway Beach (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hug Point State Recreation Site, stop by Cannon Beach Bookstore, tour the pleasant surroundings at Short Sands Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach trip planner .

Getting from Seattle to Cannon Beach by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cannon Beach can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crater Lake National Park and Garfield Peak. Get outdoors at Sun Notch Trail and Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint. Go for a jaunt from Crater Lake National Park to Prospect to see National Creek Falls about 46 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Crater Lake National Park - Steel Visitor's Center.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Cannon Beach to Crater Lake National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Cannon Beach in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Crater Lake National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Prospect
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Garfield Peak ©
Garfield Peak

2
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.
Get outdoors at Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Mono Lake County Park. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. In October, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Crater Lake National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
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 5th (Sat), explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then go deep underground at Eureka Mine. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online travel route planner .

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 somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

1
day
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.
On the 7th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip itinerary builder website .

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. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, San Simeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Spend the 9th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Monterey road trip app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, you will find days in Monterey are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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