32 days in West Coast Itinerary

32 days in West Coast Itinerary

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32 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + foot + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
3
Hood River
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Astoria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lincoln City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
6
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  8​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Museum of Flight and Museum of Pop Culture. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Picnic Point Park in Edmonds--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle holiday planner .

Toronto, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to Seattle. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Boeing Future of Flight, Picnic Point Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and The Whale Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and San Juan Historical Society and Museum. Take a break from Friday Harbor with a short trip to Orcas Island Pottery in Eastsound, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of American Camp, view the masterpieces at Arctic Raven Gallery, shop like a local with Island Studios, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Kiln Point State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor online attractions planner .

Getting from Seattle to Friday Harbor by flight takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Traveling from Seattle in July, things will get a bit cooler in Friday Harbor: highs are around 27°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hood River.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trips

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, Orcas Island Pottery
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

3
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Get some cultural insight at Maryhill Museum of Art and Johnston Ridge Observatory. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. Explore Hood River's surroundings by going to Fire Museum in City Hall (in The Dalles), Johnston Ridge Observatory (in Castle Rock) and Sherman County Historical Museum (in Moro). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Starvation Creek State Park, learn about winemaking at Sunshine Mill Winery, and pause for some photo ops at Stonehenge Memorial.

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

Getting from Friday Harbor to Hood River by combination of flight and train takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hood River when traveling from Friday Harbor in July, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Hood River

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

The Dalles, Goldendale, Johnston Ridge Observatory, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Sherman County Historical Museum
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Explore hidden gems such as Columbia River Maritime Museum and Astoria Column. Seaside Inverted Experience and Cannon Beach History Center and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hug Point State Recreation Site (in Arch Cape), Manzanita Beach (in Manzanita) and Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, & more). Spend the 14th (Sun) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. It doesn't end there: take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Astoria attractions planning website .

Drive from Hood River to Astoria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Hood River, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Astoria, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lincoln City.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Seaside Inverted Experience, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

3
nights
Lincoln City

Lincoln City ©
Lincoln City is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest. Lincoln City Glass Center and Prehistoric will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lincoln City: Yaquina Head Lighthouse (in Newport) and Pacific City (Bob Straub State Park & Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area). There's lots more to do: trek along Gleneden Beach State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Alderhouse Glass Blowers, look for all kinds of wild species at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, and get a taste of the local shopping with Freed Gallery.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lincoln City trip builder tool .

You can drive from Astoria to Lincoln City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Astoria in July; daily highs in Lincoln City reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Lincoln City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport, Pacific City, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, Gleneden Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Noyo Headlands Park and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Relax by the water at Seaside Beach and Pudding Creek Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Bragg side-trips: Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA (in Point Arena) and Philo (Handley Cellars Winery & Lula Cellars). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at MacKerricher State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Van Damme State Park, and view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fort Bragg route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lincoln City to Fort Bragg in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lincoln City in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Van Damme State Park, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ©
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
MacKerricher State Park ©
MacKerricher State Park
Van Damme State Park ©
Van Damme State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and USS Pampanito. Step out of San Francisco to go to St. Helena and see V. Sattui Winery, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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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 24th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in San Simeon are much warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, get great views at Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park tour builder site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Simeon in July, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 45°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bodie and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Lee Vining (Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve & Tioga Rd). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

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