29 days in West Coast Itinerary

29 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Newport
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 4 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, cruise along Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, and finally get great views at Dante's View.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park day trip planning tool.

Bern, Switzerland to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Bern to Death Valley National Park. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Bern in June: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Family-friendly places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tuolumne Meadows will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: trek along May Lake Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, and steep yourself in history at Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday maker 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 little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like General Sherman Tree and Kings Canyon National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Giant Forest and Moro Rock Trail. There's much more to do: stroll through General Grant Tree Trail, explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and cruise along Generals Hwy.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit site.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge for their historical value. Kids will appreciate attractions like Marin Headlands and Fisherman's Wharf. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Exploratorium, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route planning website.

Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are colder (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pfeiffer State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey online travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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 15th (Fri): shop like a local with Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 40°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to fly to Newport.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Get in touch with nature at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Explore hidden gems such as Heceta Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Take a break from Newport with a short trip to Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest in Yachats, about 42 minutes away. There's more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Newport travel route planning tool.

You can fly from San Simeon to Newport in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Newport, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Portland

— 4 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Step off the beaten path and head to Multnomah Falls and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Take a break from the city and head to Haystack Rock and Astoria Column. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, stop by Powell's City of Books, get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, and walk around Hoyt Arboretum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Portland trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Newport to Portland takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newport in July, with highs in Portland at 33°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips