26 days in West Coast Itinerary

26 days in West Coast Itinerary

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26 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
6
Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 30​min
7
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+4
bus + train + bus + foot + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  17​h
End: Zurich

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lombard Street and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Lincoln Park, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Zurich, Switzerland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then hike along Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

Find out how to plan San Simeon trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Monterey in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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 29th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then cruise along Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from San Simeon in August, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Crater Lake National Park and Salt Creek Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Cleetwood Cove Trail and Toketee Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crater Lake National Park: National Creek Falls (in Prospect) and Willamette Hatchery (in Oakridge). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Whitehorse Falls, take a memorable drive along Rim Dr, take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

Make your Crater Lake National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Crater Lake National Park takes 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: high temperatures in Crater Lake National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Prospect, Oakridge
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Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Cleetwood Cove Trail ©
Cleetwood Cove Trail

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get outdoors at Cannon Beach and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Haystack Rock and Ecola State Park. Explore Cannon Beach's surroundings by going to Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach), Bayocean Peninsula County Park (in Tillamook) and Kilchis Point Reserve (in Bay City). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Short Sands Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cannon Beach Distillery, stroll through Manzanita Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Crater Lake National Park to Cannon Beach in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Kilchis Point Reserve, Bayocean Peninsula County Park
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach

4
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stuart Island State Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Lime Kiln Point State Park and San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. When in Friday Harbor, make a side trip to see San Juan Island Distillery in Roche Harbor, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, don't miss a visit to English Camp, explore the striking landscape at Cattle Point, and find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Friday Harbor day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Cannon Beach to Friday Harbor takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

San Juan Island Distillery, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park

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