29 days in West Coast Itinerary

29 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast planner

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Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cannon Beach
— 5 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 4 nights
Fly
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Palm Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Starbucks Reserve Roastery Seattle. Museum-lovers will get to explore LeMay - America's Car Museum and Museum of Glass. Venture out of the city with trips to Bellingham (Whatcom Falls Park & Fairhaven Historic District). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at University of Washington, walk around Kerry Park, see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, and admire the striking features of Sky View Observatory.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Seattle. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in April, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Olympic National Park

— 2 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, and then admire the sheer force of Merriman Falls. On the next day, stroll through Murhut Falls and then take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seattle to Olympic National Park. In April, Olympic National Park is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 55°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Cannon Beach

— 5 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Do your shopping at Icefire Glassworks and White Bird Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Tillamook (Nevor Shellfish Farm, Munson Creek Falls, &more), Rockaway Beach (International Police Museum & Rockaway Beach Wayside) and Pier's End (in Garibaldi). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach, explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, view the masterpieces at Northwest By Northwest Gallery, and stop by The Wine Shack.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach route app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

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 out of the city life by going to Multnomah Falls and Astoria Column. Explore hidden gems such as The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Clark's Dismal Nitch (in Chinook), Hanthorn Cannery Museum (in Astoria) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Portland trip app.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Portland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Springs

— 5 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. Let the collections at Sunnylands Center & Gardens and Motif capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Palm Springs side-trips: Borrego Springs (Slot Canyon & Anza-Borrego Desert State Park), The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert) and Old Town Temecula (in Temecula).

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Palm Springs day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Palm Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in April, you will find days in Palm Springs are much warmer (89°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (61°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 2nd (Sun), get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point, get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, then explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online holiday builder.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, things will get slightly colder in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 83°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, trek along Mariposa Grove, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally get great views at Valley View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 5th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ewoldsen Trail, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To plan Big Sur vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in Big Sur dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nitt Witt Ridge, explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally take an in-depth tour of Greenspace Creekside Reserve.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 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.
On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then stroll around Slick Rock Recreation Area. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then trek along General Grant Tree Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip