34 days in West Coast Itinerary

34 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  5 h
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
+4
Bus + Fly + Tram + Bus + Fly:  10 h 30 min
4
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Seattle
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
6
Portland
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Newport
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Winston
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Albuquerque

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
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 Vernal Fall. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Mono Lake Vista Point (in Lee Vining), Yosemite National Park (Yosemite, Tunnel View, Glacier Point, &more) and Food Tours (in San Francisco). 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 maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip planner.

Albuquerque to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and 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

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake Vista Point, Food Tours
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. 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). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, admire the striking features of The Old Monterey Jail, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Mammoth Lakes to Monterey in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Mammoth Lakes, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, then don't miss a visit to San Simeon Pier, and finally identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon journey planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

3
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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: get outside with Springtide Paddlesports, view the masterpieces at Island Studios, step aboard Schooners North, and look for gifts at Serendipity the used book place.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor driving holiday planning app.

Getting from San Simeon to Friday Harbor by combination of bus and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, 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 catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Eastsound, Lopez Island, Chain Lakes Loop
Highlights from your plan
Shark Reef Sanctuary ©
Shark Reef Sanctuary
Sucia Island State Park ©
Sucia Island State Park
Schooners North ©
Schooners North

2
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.
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.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 take a bus to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Saint James Cathedral ©
Saint James Cathedral
Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site
Seattle Japanese Garden ©
Seattle Japanese Garden

7
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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 St. Johns Bridge. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Hoyt Arboretum, take an in-depth tour of Oregon Historical Society, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and trek along Forest Park.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Portland trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to Portland by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. 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 Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Town Center Park
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden ©
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
Hoyt Arboretum ©
Hoyt Arboretum
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Newport

Newport ©
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 South Beach State Park and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Yaquina Bay Bridge, examine the collection at The Wax Works, meet the residents at Oregon Undersea Gardens, and take a leisurely stroll along Newport Bay Fishing Pier.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Newport trip builder app.

You can drive from Portland to Newport in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, expect nights in Newport to be slightly colder, around 50°F, while days are cooler, around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Winston.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Don & Ann Davis Park ©
Don & Ann Davis Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
South Beach State Park ©
South Beach State Park

4
nights
Winston

Winston ©
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: Toketee Falls (in Crater Lake National Park), Salt Creek Falls (in Oakridge) and Natural Bridge Viewpoint (in Prospect). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Cape Blanco State Park, stop by Cranberry Sweets, admire the sheer force of Clearwater Falls, and stroll around Stewart Park, Roseburg, Oregon.

For traveler tips, photos, 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

Side Trips

Roseburg, Prospect, Toketee Falls, Cape Blanco State Park, Cranberry Sweets
Highlights from your plan
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Salt Creek Falls ©
Salt Creek Falls
Riversdale Valley Farm ©
Riversdale Valley Farm

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