27 days in West Coast Itinerary

27 days in West Coast Itinerary

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27 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Bus:  8​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Mount Shasta
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Hood River
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Tel Aviv

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Fri), play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker tool .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Tel Aviv in January since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Lincoln Park ©
Lincoln Park

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then trek along Partington Cove, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach and then cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Moonstone Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 3°C in San Simeon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. Visiting Zabriskie Point and The Devil's Speedway will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Fall Canyon, get great views at Dante's View, hike along Gower Gulch Loop, and stroll through Wildrose Peak Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Simeon in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to June Mountain in June Lake, about 50 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: get great views at Tunnel View, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

June Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Visiting Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and Mt Shasta Ski Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Devil's Kitchen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mount Shasta: Lassen Volcanic National Park (Boiling Springs Lake & Cinder Cone). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castle Lake, appreciate the history behind Living Memorial Sculpture, and admire the sheer force of Hedge Creek Falls.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mount Shasta trip itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Mount Shasta with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mount Shasta, with lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Hedge Creek Falls, Living Memorial Sculpture
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Shasta-Trinity National Forest ©
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hug Point State Recreation Site and Ecola State Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Short Sands Beach, look for gifts at Cannon Beach Bookstore, and take in the awesome beauty at Neahkahnie Mountain.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mount Shasta in January since evenings lows in Cannon Beach dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Neahkahnie Mountain, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Short Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

4
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Starvation Creek State Park. Take a break from the city and head to White Pass Ski Resort and Multnomah Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Hood River side-trips: Parkdale (Mt. Hood Meadows & Kiyokawa Family Orchards) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Springhouse Cellar.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hood River travel planner.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Hood River in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cannon Beach in January, things will get a bit cooler in Hood River: highs are around 3°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Parkdale, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls, Starvation Creek State Park, White Pass Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
White Pass Ski Resort ©
White Pass Ski Resort

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