31 days in California, Oregon Coast & Washington State Itinerary

31 days in California, Oregon Coast & Washington State Itinerary

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31 days in California, Oregon Coast & Washington State Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
7
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
9
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

4
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 Bridalveil Fall and Tuolumne Meadows. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary builder app .

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Yosemite National Park is minus 8 hours. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin and then cruise along Artists Dr. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park journey planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 45°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Hearst Castle Theater has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): catch a live performance at Hearst Castle Theater, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

Plan my day in San Simeon using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in San Simeon: highs are around 40°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Visiting Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive and go for a walk through Ocean Avenue.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Escape the urban bustle at Redwood National Park and Point St George Park. Get some cultural insight at Trees of Mystery and End of the Trail Museum. Explore Crescent City's surroundings by going to Redwood National Park (Trillium Falls Hike & California Coastal Trail). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, take a memorable drive along Pebble Beach, hike along Stout Grove, and visit a coastal fixture at Battery Point Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Crescent City trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of subway and flight from San Francisco to Crescent City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, Crescent City is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 19°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Klamath, Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Haystack Rock and Manzanita Beach. Explore Cannon Beach's surroundings by going to Bayocean Peninsula County Park (in Tillamook) and Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hug Point State Recreation Site, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Short Sands Beach, and admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Crescent City to Cannon Beach takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in July: highs in Cannon Beach hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita, Bayocean Peninsula County Park, Wheeler Station Antiques, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and then get behind the scenes at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seattle sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in July, you will find days in Seattle are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Boeing Future of Flight
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

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Moran State Park. Get outdoors at Lime Kiln Point State Park and San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. Step out of Friday Harbor with an excursion to Buck Bay Shellfish Farm in Olga--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports, look for gifts at Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harbor, experience rural life at Pelindaba Lavender Farm, and find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan.

To find out how to plan a trip to Friday Harbor, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Seattle to Friday Harbor by flight takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Friday Harbor hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Olga, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

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