30 days in West Coast & California Itinerary

30 days in West Coast & California Itinerary

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30 days in West Coast & California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Lincoln City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Bandon
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Explore hidden gems such as The Museum of Flight and Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Sequim (Northwest Native Expressions Art Gallery & Blue Whole Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company, see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and take a stroll through Bellevue Square.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary app .

Sydney, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Seattle. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Seattle at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sequim, Boeing Future of Flight, Bellevue Square
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Shop till you drop at Wheeler Station Antiques and The Myrtlewood Factory Outlet. Take a break from the city and head to Cannon Beach and Manzanita Beach. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, kick back and relax at Short Sands Beach, and stroll through Hug Point State Recreation Site.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lincoln City.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita, Myrtlewood Factory Outlet Garibaldi, Wheeler Station Antiques, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

3
nights
Lincoln City

Lincoln City ©
Lincoln City is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Head to Alderhouse Glass Blowers and Little Antique Mallfor some retail therapy. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Taft Bay and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lincoln City: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (in Newport), Yachats (Earthworks Gallery, Wave Gallery, & more) and Ocean Beaches Glass Gallery (in Seal Rock). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Robert's Bookshop, view the masterpieces at Lincoln City Glass Center, and shop like a local with Mossy Creek Pottery.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lincoln City attractions tool .

Drive from Cannon Beach to Lincoln City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Lincoln City, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bandon.

Things to do in Lincoln City

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yachats, Newport, Ocean Beaches Glass Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Robert's Bookshop ©
Robert's Bookshop
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©

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. Get outdoors at Ophir Beach and Whiskey Run Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Langlois Market and Second Street Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Hawthorne Gallery (in Port Orford) and Bastendorff Beach (in Charleston). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Coquille Point, immerse yourself in nature at Bullards Beach State Park, get engrossed in the history at Bandon Historical Society Museum, and take in the dramatic natural features at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bandon trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Lincoln City to Bandon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bandon can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bandon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bastendorff Beach, Ophir Beach, Langlois Market, Hawthorne Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint ©
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
Ophir Beach ©
Ophir Beach
Coquille Point ©
Coquille Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Twin Peaks. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bandon to San Francisco in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bandon in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in San Francisco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online driving holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel River State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The adventure continues: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, shop like a local with Photography West Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip planning tool .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Carmel, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area will get you outdoors. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Lee Vining and see Mono Lake County Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are colder (-12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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