34 days in West Coast Itinerary

34 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
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Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
Fly to Seattle, Ferry to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
Fly to Seattle Boeing Field, Foot to Seattle
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 7 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 5 nights
Drive
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Winston
— 4 nights
Drive to Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, Fly to Albuquerque

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Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Mono Lake Vista Point (in Lee Vining), Food Tours (in San Francisco) and Yosemite National Park (Vernal Fall, Yosemite, Tunnel View, &more). There's more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mammoth Brewing Company and explore the activities along Wild Willy's Hot Springs.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

Albuquerque to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be colder, around 43°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, admire the landmark architecture of The Old Monterey Jail, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Mammoth Lakes to Monterey takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in July, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
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 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then make a trip to San Simeon Pier, and finally stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online holiday planner.

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shark Reef Sanctuary and Chain Lakes Loop. Explore Friday Harbor's surroundings by going to Eastsound (Crow Valley Pottery & Sucia Island State Park) and Spencer Spit State Park (in Lopez Island). There's lots more to do: step aboard Schooners North, look for gifts at Serendipity the used book place, take in the exciting artwork at Island Studios, and head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor driving holiday planning app.

Getting from San Simeon to Friday Harbor by combination of flight and ferry takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and ferry. While traveling from San Simeon, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Friday Harbor, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Seattle

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint James Cathedral, then take a stroll through Queen Anne Hill, then walk around Kerry Park, and finally admire the local landmark of International Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Amazon Spheres, then stroll the grounds of Bruce Lee Grave Site, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Seattle Japanese Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or ride a ferry. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Friday Harbor in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Portland

— 7 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Willamette Valley. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stop by Alberta Street, admire the natural beauty at Hoyt Arboretum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Portland trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Portland are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Newport

— 5 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yaquina Bay Bridge and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Hatfield Marine Science Center, examine the collection at The Wax Works, pause for some photo ops at Fishermen's Memorial Sanctuary, and learn about all things military at Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Newport trip planner.

Getting from Portland to Newport by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Portland in July, you will find days in Newport are colder (63°F), and nights are a bit cooler (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Winston.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Winston

— 4 nights
Winston is a city in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint and Riversdale Valley Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Winston side-trips: Natural Bridge Viewpoint (in Prospect), Toketee Falls (in Crater Lake National Park) and Clearwater Falls (in Roseburg). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Salt Creek Falls, stop by Cranberry Sweets, stroll around Stewart Park, Roseburg, Oregon, and admire the majestic nature at Cape Blanco State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Winston trip maker site.

Getting from Newport to Winston by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Newport, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Winston, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Winston

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips