30 days in West Coast Itinerary

30 days in West Coast Itinerary

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30 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: San Antonio
Fly:  9​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Hood River
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Lincoln City
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Sequim
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: San Antonio

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vernal Fall and Glacier Point. Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Lee Vining to see Mono Lake County Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, get great views at Tunnel View, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planning site .

San Antonio to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Antonio to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from San Antonio in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bodega Dunes and Marshall’s Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, get curious at Exploratorium, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are much hotter, around 94°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Moro Rock. Take a break from the city and head to Kings Canyon National Park and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park planning website .

Drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Hood River.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Multnomah Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Zigzag Falls (in Government Camp), Ramona Falls Trail (in Rhododendron) and Wildwood Recreation Site (in Welches). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Starvation Creek Ridge Loop, immerse yourself in nature at Starvation Creek State Park, and get outside with Big Winds.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hood River route builder app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Hood River in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: high temperatures in Hood River hover around 79°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lincoln City.

Things to do in Hood River

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, River Rafting & Tubing, Little Zigzag Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop ©
Starvation Creek Ridge Loop

3
nights
Lincoln City

Lincoln City is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. You'll get in some beach time at Gleneden Beach State Park and Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area. Escape the urban bustle at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Pacific City (Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area & Bob Straub State Park). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Proposal Rock, take in the exciting artwork at Rock Your World: Pacific Northwest Gem & Jewelry Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Whale Park.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Lincoln City road trip planning site .

Getting from Hood River to Lincoln City by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Lincoln City is a bit cooler than Hood River - with highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Lincoln City

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Depoe Bay, Pacific City, Newport, Proposal Rock, Gleneden Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area ©

4
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get outdoors at Cannon Beach and Manzanita Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Haystack Rock and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Explore Cannon Beach's surroundings by going to Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach), Bayocean Peninsula County Park (in Tillamook) and Kilchis Point Reserve (in Bay City). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, look for gifts at Cloud and Leaf Bookstore, play a few rounds at Manzanita Golf Course, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Cannon Beach online travel route planner .

You can drive from Lincoln City to Cannon Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lincoln City in July, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sequim.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Kilchis Point Reserve, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Bayocean Peninsula County Park
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

4
nights
Sequim

Sequim ©
Sequim is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Hurricane Ridge and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Dungeness River Audubon Center. Change things up with a short trip to Second Beach Trail in Olympic National Park (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dungeness Recreation Area, get outside with Sequim Bay Scenic Pullout, and explore the striking landscape at Olympic Peninsula.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sequim trip planner .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Sequim in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Sequim

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Olympic Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Second Beach Trail ©
Second Beach Trail

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.
Head to Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Marketfor plenty of shopping. Discover out-of-the-way places like Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour and Safeco Field. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Seahurst Beach Park (in Burien) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sequim to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sequim in July, expect Seattle to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 60°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Seahurst Beach Park, Boeing Future of Flight, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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