33 days in West Coast Itinerary

33 days in West Coast Itinerary

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33 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Morro Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Portland
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Hood River
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Seattle
— 3 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
8
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
12
Carmel
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  31​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 26th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then hike along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. On your second day here, do a tasting at Tobin James Cellars and then take a spin around town with Central Coast Outdoors.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Morro Bay trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Morro Bay is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. When traveling from Cape Town in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Tobin James Cellars, Hearst Castle
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Central Coast Outdoors ©
Central Coast Outdoors
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Original Muscle Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route planner .

Drive from Morro Bay to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Morro Bay in October since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Shores Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Diego trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Pearl District, then admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, then appreciate the views at Willamette Valley, and finally see the interesting displays at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Portland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect nights in Portland to be little chillier, around 6°C, while days are colder, around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Hood River.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Portland Art Museum ©
Portland Art Museum

2
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, then learn about winemaking at Naked Winery, then see the interesting displays at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, and finally do a tasting at Marchesi Vineyards. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Mount Hood and then hit the slopes at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hood River online route builder .

Getting from Portland to Hood River by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Portland in November, Hood River is little chillier at night with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Hood River

Nature Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Relax by the water at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Tillamook Rock Light, and look for gifts at Bruce's Candy Kitchen.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Cannon Beach trip planner.

You can drive from Hood River to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Hood River in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Cannon Beach, with lows of 6°C. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pike Place Market and Seattle Art Museum. Get outdoors at Alki Beach and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and stroll around Discovery Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Seattle tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Seattle by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In November in Seattle, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): cruise along Hurricane Ridge and then delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Olympic National Park route planner .

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in November, Olympic National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Cushman
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

3
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
You've now added Napa Valley Bike Tours to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Jack London State Historic Park and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Benziger Family Winery and V. Sattui Winery. When in Healdsburg, make a side trip to see Sonoma Valley in Sonoma, approximately 54 minutes away. There's more to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and see Wine Country Bikes.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg journey planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Olympic National Park to Healdsburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Olympic National Park in November: highs in Healdsburg hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Glen Ellen, Napa Valley Bike Tours, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Sonoma Valley, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Fort Funston National Park to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Golden Gate Park, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app .

Drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (14°C), and nights are cooler (-8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then wander the streets of Ocean Avenue. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, then enjoy the sea views from Point Pinos Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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