26 days in West Coast Itinerary

26 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast sightseeing planner

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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Anacortes, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Newport
— 3 nights
Drive to Portland International Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Moro Rock Trail and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and trek along Congress Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker app.

Washington to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Traveling from Washington in June, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Death Valley National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 12th (Sat), kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, and then get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park, and then get in on the family fun at Zip San Juan. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Friday Harbor takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for little chillier nights in Friday Harbor, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Olympic National Park

— 5 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Visiting Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ruby Beach and Sol Duc Falls. Go for a jaunt from Olympic National Park to Quinault to see Quinault Big Spruce Tree about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach Trail, trek along Ozette Loop Hike, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Storm King.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park day trip planning website.

Getting from Friday Harbor to Olympic National Park by combination of ferry and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or ride a ferry. In June, daytime highs in Olympic National Park are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Cannon Beach

— 1 night
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach journey app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach. In June, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Mike Miller Park, then visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, then identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Yachats coastline, then take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and then visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Newport visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Newport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Newport: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips