29 days in West Coast Itinerary

29 days in West Coast Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+2
train + Fly + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  7​h 15​min
2
Astoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Newport
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  5​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

4
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Explore hidden gems such as Hurricane Ridge and Fort Worden State Park. Get outdoors at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Crescent Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Olympic National Park side-trips: Native to Twilight (in Forks), Elwha Dam Removal Site (in Port Angeles) and Quinault (Quinault Big Spruce Tree & Quinault Big Cedar). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ruby Beach and see the interesting displays at Joyce Depot Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park road trip planning website .

Cardiff, UK to Olympic National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Olympic National Park is minus 8 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Astoria.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Quinault, Elwha Dam Removal Site, Fort Worden State Park, Joyce Depot Museum, Native to Twilight
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Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

4
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ecola State Park and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site and Cannon Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Meares Lighthouse (in Tillamook), Turnaround at Seaside (in Seaside) and Haystack Rock (in Cannon Beach). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Maritime Museum, pause for some photo ops at Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument, take an in-depth tour of Cranberry Museum, and trek along Cedar Wetlands Preserve.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Astoria trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Olympic National Park to Astoria in 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside, Cranberry Museum, Cedar Wetlands Preserve, Fort Canby State Park
Highlights from your plan
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

4
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Get in touch with nature at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Yachats coastline (in Yachats) and Heceta Head Lighthouse (in Florence). And it doesn't end there: trek along Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean to Bay Trail, engage your brain at Hatfield Marine Science Center, and kick back and relax at Nye Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Newport trip planning tool .

You can drive from Astoria to Newport in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Astoria in September: highs in Newport hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Depoe Bay, Yachats, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Heceta Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©

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. We've included these beaches for you: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Asilomar State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Pfeiffer State Beach and Carmel River State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Newport to Carmel by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Newport in September, expect Carmel to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, then don't miss a visit to Nitt Witt Ridge, then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Simeon day trip site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
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 Dante's View and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Visiting Artists Dr and Badwater Basin will get you outdoors. When in Death Valley National Park, make a side trip to see Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum in Death Valley Junction, approximately 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker .

Getting from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yosemite Falls and Bodie State Historic Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Mariposa Grove and Vernal Fall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Mono Lake Vista Point (in Lee Vining) and Black Point Fissures (in Mono Hot Springs). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Point Fissures, Mono Lake Vista Point, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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