31 days in West Coast Itinerary

31 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip itinerary planner

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Seattle
— 4 nights
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Newport
— 3 nights
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Bend
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Seattle

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Lake Union and Seattle Mariner Baseball. Get some cultural insight at Bruce Lee Grave Site and Saint James Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Queen Anne Hill, ponder the design of International Fountain, stop by Theo Chocolate, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fremont.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary app.

Los Angeles to Seattle is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Take a break from the city and head to Beverly Beach State Park and Taft Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Yaquina Bay Bridge and Ocean to Bay Trail. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Agate Beach State Recreation Site, pick up some local products at Newport Farmer's Market, examine the collection at Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and kick back and relax at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Newport travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Newport takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Seattle in September: high temperatures in Newport hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bend.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Bend

— 3 nights
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and RiverStone Adventures. Get outdoors at Deschutes National Forest and Deschutes River Trail. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Tumalo State Park, trek along Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trails, sample the tasty concoctions at Deschutes Brewery, and explore the activities along Little Cultus Lake.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bend road trip planning app.

You can drive from Newport to Bend in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newport in September: highs in Bend hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at VJB Cellars and Sonoma Valley. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kunde Family Winery and Fort Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Wellington Cellars (in Glen Ellen) and Cline Cellars (in Sonoma). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds, wander the streets of Haight-Ashbury, and stop by Japantown.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip builder website.

Getting from Bend to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Bend in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Carmel

— 2 nights
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 16th (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and finally do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the landmark architecture of Tor House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel journey planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally stop by Sebastian General Store.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and Mt. Whitney. Step out of the city life by going to Generals Hwy and Redwood Canyon Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: The Presidente tree (in Three Rivers), Project Survival's Cat Haven (in Dunlap) and Giant Sequoia National Monument (in Visalia). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, trek along Little Baldy Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista Peak Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Big Baldy.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip app.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Panorama Trail and Merced Grove. Step off the beaten path and head to Four Mile Trail and Lembert Dome. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Madera and see Nelder Grove, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Valley View, hike along May Lake Trailhead, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and stroll through Gaylor Lake.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are cooler (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and The Devil's Speedway. Get some cultural insight at The Ranch at Furnace Creek and Harmony Borax Works. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains, and get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 38°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip