36 days in West Coast Itinerary

36 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast travel planner
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Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly to Seattle, Ferry to Friday Harbor
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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
Ferry to Seattle Clipper Terminal, Fly to Bend
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Bend
— 5 nights
Drive
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Newport
— 4 nights
Drive
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Astoria
— 6 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 7 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): trek along Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then stroll around Slick Rock Recreation Area.

Before you visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ljubljana in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trip

Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mariposa Grove and Half Dome. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carmel.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Carmel — 3 nights

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visit Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls will get you outdoors. Take a break from Carmel with a short trip to Coast Gallery Big Sur in Big Sur, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at China Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Wyland Gallery Carmel.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Friday Harbor.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Side Trips

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lime Kiln Point State Park and San Juan Island Farmers Market. Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Stuart Island State Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, browse the exhibits of San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, and take in the exciting artwork at WaterWorks Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Carmel to Friday Harbor takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect little chillier evenings in Friday Harbor when traveling from Carmel in August, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Bend.
Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trip

Bend — 5 nights

An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Bring the kids along to High Desert Museum and River Rafting & Tubing. Get outdoors at Smith Rock State Park and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Crooked River Ranch Golf Course in Crooked River Ranch (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Tumalo Falls, play a few rounds at River's Edge Golf Course, take in the waterfront activity at Resort marina, and hike along Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bend road trip tool.

Do a combination of ferry and flight from Friday Harbor to Bend in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. When traveling from Friday Harbor in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Bend, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Golf
Side Trips

Newport — 4 nights

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Visit Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area and Nye Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Bazalgette the Whale at Whale Park (in Yachats), Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (in Lincoln City) and Florence (Heceta Head Lighthouse & Sandland Adventures). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a leisurely stroll along Newport's Historic Bayfront, stop by Made in Oregon, and get engrossed in the history at Waldport Heritage Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Newport sightseeing tool.

Traveling by car from Bend to Newport takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Bend in August, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Newport: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Astoria.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches
Side Trips

Astoria — 6 nights

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
You'll get in some beach time at Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Bring the kids along to Ecola State Park and Turnaround at Seaside. Explore Astoria's surroundings by going to Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach Gallery & The Wine Shack) and Cape Meares Lighthouse (in Tillamook). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge, make a splash at Astoria Aquatic Center, revel in the low prices at Seaside Factory Outlet Center, and steep yourself in history at Clark's Dismal Nitch.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Astoria road trip planning site.

Getting from Newport to Astoria by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Newport, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Astoria, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Portland.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Portland — 7 nights

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.
Visiting Silver Falls State Park and Always Catchin' Fishing Charters will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Washington Park and The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Big Winds (in Hood River) and Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville). And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Willamette Valley, admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, and explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Portland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Astoria to Portland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Astoria in August, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Side Trips