33 days in West Coast Itinerary

33 days in West Coast Itinerary

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33 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cascade Locks
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Newport
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Sequim
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h
10
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

2
nights
Cascade Locks

Cascade Locks ©
Cascade Locks is a city in Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Multnomah Falls and Starvation Creek Ridge Loop. Step off the beaten path and head to Little Zigzag Falls and Hamilton Mountain Loop Trail. Go for a jaunt from Cascade Locks to Welches to see Wildwood Recreation Site about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Starvation Creek State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Beacon Rock, admire the sheer force of Punchbowl Waterfall, and take a memorable drive along Multnomah Falls.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Cascade Locks trip itinerary planning tool .

Atlanta to Cascade Locks is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Atlanta in August, with highs in Cascade Locks at 81°F and lows at 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Newport.

Things to do in Cascade Locks

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Little Zigzag Falls, Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock, Wildwood Recreation Site, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Little Zigzag Falls ©
Little Zigzag Falls
Beacon Rock ©
Beacon Rock

4
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area. Escape the urban bustle at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Cascade Head Trail (in Otis), Yachats (Thor's Well, Yachats State Park, & more) and Florence (Heceta Head Lighthouse & Sandland Adventures). There's more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mike Miller Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Newport road trip planner .

You can drive from Cascade Locks to Newport in 3 hours. In August, Newport is little chillier than Cascade Locks - with highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yachats, Florence, Depoe Bay, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Mike Miller Park
Highlights from your plan
Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse

4
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hug Point State Recreation Site and Ecola State Park. Visit Cannon Beach and Bayocean Peninsula County Park for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Kilchis Point Reserve (in Bay City) and Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and visit a coastal fixture at Tillamook Rock Light.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach journey planner .

You can drive from Newport to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newport in August: highs in Cannon Beach hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sequim.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Kilchis Point Reserve, Bayocean Peninsula County Park, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach

4
nights
Sequim

Sequim ©
Sequim is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Visiting Hurricane Ridge and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sol Duc Falls and Quinault River-Pony Bridge Day Hike. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequim: Olympic National Park (Mount Storm King & Second Beach Trail) and Merriman Falls (in Quinault). It doesn't end there: get outside with Sequim Bay Scenic Pullout.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequim trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Sequim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequim

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Quinault, Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Mount Storm King ©
Mount Storm King
Sol Duc Falls ©
Sol Duc Falls

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site and Kings Canyon National Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like General Sherman Tree and Congress Trail. There's still lots to do: stroll through Moro Rock, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Sequim to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, train, and shuttle. When traveling from Sequim in August, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 95°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip builder app .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect little chillier with lows of 55°F in San Simeon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monterey Bay and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park).

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Do some cultural sightseeing at Castello di Amorosa and Fisherman's Wharf. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning website .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Tunnel View will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

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Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 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 September, expect cooler with lows of 38°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

2
nights
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 11th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park route tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 63°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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