36 days in West Coast Itinerary

36 days in West Coast Itinerary

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36 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Detroit

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.
Let the collections at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studio capture your imagination. Do your shopping at Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, make a trip to Space Needle, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle day trip planning tool .

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in June, plan for little chillier days in Seattle, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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

5
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruby Beach and Hurricane Ridge. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Rialto Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls, explore the activities along Crescent Lake, and delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Olympic National Park driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in June: high temperatures in Olympic National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, then admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Rockaway Beach Wayside, immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, and then stroll through Cannon Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Inglenook. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, indulge your taste buds at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, get a taste of the local shopping with Mumm Napa, and admire the majestic nature at Jack London State Historic Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for St. Helena using our trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to St. Helena in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rutherford, Oakville, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Bell Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of The Castro, shop like a local with Union Square, and see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip app .

Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in June, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
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 Taft Point. Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

You can 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. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

5
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.
Visit El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Change things up with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

5
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Old Town Model Railroad Depot. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Cabrillo Tide Pools. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online vacation planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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