32 days in West Coast Itinerary

32 days in West Coast Itinerary

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32 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  8​h
6
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
8
Seattle
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Rome

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at California State Railroad Museum and de Young Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Rome, Italy to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In August, San Francisco is little chillier than Rome - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

California State Railroad Museum, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Big Sur travel route app .

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Big Sur are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to San Simeon fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in September, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Badwater Basin and Zabriskie Point. Take a break from the city and head to Artists Dr and Artists Palette. The adventure continues: get great views at Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online road trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome. Step out of Mammoth Lakes with an excursion to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Half Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes online route planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Mammoth Lakes: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Columbia River Maritime Museum and Fort Clatsop National Memorial are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Cannon Beach with a short trip to Astoria Column in Astoria, about 42 minutes away. It doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Mammoth Lakes to Cannon Beach in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, you will find days in Cannon Beach are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Astoria
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Fort Clatsop National Memorial ©
Fort Clatsop National Memorial

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hurricane Ridge and Rialto Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Ruby Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sol Duc Falls, explore the activities along Crescent Lake, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, and stroll through Murhut Falls.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip website .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Olympic National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Pop Culture and Double Bluff Beach. Get some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: LeMay - America's Car Museum (in Tacoma), Seahurst Beach Park (in Burien) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, stroll around Kerry Park, take a stroll through Pioneer Square, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Olympic National Park in September since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, Patterson Cellars - Hollywood Hill, Double Bluff Beach, LeMay - America's Car Museum, Boeing Future of Flight
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls

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