32 days in West Coast Itinerary

32 days in West Coast Itinerary

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32 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + ferry:  10​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Astoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Bend
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Paris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, then wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Paris, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Paris to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Los Angeles at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): shop like a local with Arctic Raven Gallery and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Island Studios, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cattle Point, then make a trip to English Camp, and finally examine the collection at The Whale Museum.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor route planner.

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and ferry from Los Angeles to Friday Harbor in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Friday Harbor: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum
Island Studios ©
Island Studios

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Murhut Falls and Alki Beach. Do your shopping at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pioneer Square. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Hood Canal in Olympic National Park--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Seattle online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Olympic National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

4
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Escape the urban bustle at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. For shopping fun, head to Icefire Glassworks or Jack's Country Store. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Astoria: Lewis & Clark Salt Works (in Seaside) and Cannon Beach (Ecola State Park & Oswald West State Park). Spend the 11th (Fri) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Columbia River Maritime Museum, appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, see the interesting displays at Seaside Inverted Experience, and enjoy the sea views from Lightship Columbia.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Astoria trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Seattle to Astoria takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Astoria can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside, Jack's Country Store
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

2
nights
Bend

Bend ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at High Desert Museum and City of Sisters. Take a break from the city and head to Smith Rock State Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Bend with a short trip to Peter Skene Ogden State Park in Terrebonne, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, view the masterpieces at The Art of Alfred A. Dolezal Gallery, and explore the activities along Todd Lake.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bend day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Astoria to Bend takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Astoria in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bend, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Redmond, Peter Skene Ogden State Park, City of Sisters
Highlights from your plan
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach, get curious at Exploratorium, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and stroll through China Beach.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco visit planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bend to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Bend in October, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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 Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Appreciate the collections at National Steinbeck Center and Dali17 Museum. Spend the 21st (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, and take an in-depth tour of Carmel Mission.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, National Steinbeck Center, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, then view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ghost Town of Schwab.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park online trip planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in October since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online route builder .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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