29 days in West Coast Itinerary

29 days in West Coast Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
1
Bandon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Lincoln City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Astoria
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Walla Walla
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h
5
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Bandon

Bandon ©
Bandon is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States, on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River. Escape the urban bustle at Myers Creek Beach and Ophir Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hawthorne Gallery and Backstreet Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Langlois Market, take in the exciting artwork at Art by the Sea Gallery and Studio, see the interesting displays at Washed Ashore - Gallery & Workshop, and kick back and relax at Coquille Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bandon day trip planning app .

San Francisco to Bandon is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Bandon when traveling from San Francisco in January, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lincoln City.

Things to do in Bandon

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Myers Creek Beach, Backstreet Gallery, Hawthorne Gallery, Ophir Beach, Langlois Market
Highlights from your plan
Ophir Beach ©
Ophir Beach
Coquille Point ©
Coquille Point
Langlois Market ©
Langlois Market

4
nights
Lincoln City

Lincoln City ©
Lincoln City is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Alderhouse Glass Blowers and Wave Gallery. Shop till you drop at Mossy Creek Pottery and Rock Your World: Pacific Northwest Gem & Jewelry Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Lincoln City side-trips: Earthworks Gallery (in Yachats), Seal Rock (Ocean Beaches Glass Gallery & Driftwood Beach State Recreation Site) and The Edge Art Gallery (in South Beach). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Freed Gallery, take an in-depth tour of North Lincoln County Historical Museum, browse for treasures at Little Antique Mall, and get a taste of the local shopping with Lincoln City Glass Center.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lincoln City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bandon to Lincoln City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Lincoln City are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Lincoln City

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Seal Rock, Yachats, The Edge Art Gallery, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Gleneden Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Columbia River Maritime Museum and Icefire Glassworks. Escape the urban bustle at Haystack Rock and Astoria Column. Explore Astoria's surroundings by going to Hug Point State Recreation Site (in Arch Cape), Adelaide's Coffee and Sweet Shoppe (in Ocean Park) and Ilwaco (Don Nisbett Art Gallery & Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cannon Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oysterville Church, examine the collection at Northwest Carriage Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Fusions Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Astoria trip builder website .

You can drive from Lincoln City to Astoria in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Astoria are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Walla Walla.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Ilwaco, Fusions Gallery, Sandphifer Gallery, Seaside Inverted Experience
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

3
nights
Walla Walla

Walla Walla ©
Walla Walla is the largest city in and the county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. Get some cultural insight at Valley Bronze Gallery & Foundry and Heritage Station Museum. Shop till you drop at Pendleton Center for the Arts and Art Gallery at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center. Get out of town with these interesting Walla Walla side-trips: Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort (in North Powder), Alexander's Chocolate Classics (in Pendleton) and Union County Museum (in Union). There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Kirkman House Museum and do a tasting at Mark Ryan Winery.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Walla Walla trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Astoria to Walla Walla in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Walla Walla when traveling from Astoria in February, with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Walla Walla

Museums Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pendleton, Zerba Cellars, Valley Bronze Gallery & Foundry, Union County Museum, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Valley Bronze Gallery & Foundry ©
Valley Bronze Gallery & Foundry
Union County Museum ©
Union County Museum
Heritage Station Museum ©
Heritage Station Museum

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. For shopping fun, head to El Paseo Shopping District or Brandini Toffee. Visit Sunnylands Center & Gardens and Indian Canyons for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Landers (The Dream Wanderer & Integratron). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, view the masterpieces at Motif, tee off at Desert Princess, and experience rural life at Sam Cobb Farms.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Walla Walla to Palm Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Walla Walla, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Landers, Sam Cobb Farms, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Cabot's Pueblo Museum, El Paseo Shopping District
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like California State Railroad Museum and Cable Car Museum. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Old Sacramento in Sacramento, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, engage your brain at Exploratorium, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Palm Springs to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in February, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sacramento
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Monterey Bay and Carmel River State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur & Pfeiffer State Beach). There's much more to do: shop like a local with Carmel Art Association, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel driving holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in February, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
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

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