51 days in West Coast Itinerary

51 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast Trip Planner

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Laguna Beach
— 4 nights
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Santa Monica
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Ventura
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Susanville
— 2 nights
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Mendocino
— 3 nights
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Arcata
— 2 nights
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Bellingham
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Olympia
— 2 nights
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Hood River
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 3 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Bend
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Ferry Building Marketplace. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Gray Whale Cove State Beach in Half Moon Bay--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll around Lincoln Park, and admire the majestic nature at Angel Island State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Santa Cruz

— 4 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Natural Bridges State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Garrapata State Park (in Carmel), Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur) and Pacific Grove (Monarch Grove Sanctuary & Asilomar State Beach). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Cruz Main Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz tour itinerary tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Cruz by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego holiday planner.

You can fly from Santa Cruz to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Laguna Beach

— 4 nights
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Crystal Cove and Aliso Beach Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Laguna Beach: San Onofre State Beach (in San Clemente) and Irvine Regional Park (in Orange). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Newport Beach, relax in the rural setting at Tanaka Farms, stroll around Crown Valley Community Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Laguna Beach route planner.

Getting from San Diego to Laguna Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Laguna Beach, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Santa Monica

— 2 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 19th (Wed), grab your bike and head to South Bay Bicycle Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum and then grab your bike and head to Backbone Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Laguna Beach to Santa Monica takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and tram; or do a combination of bus and tram. In July, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

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Santa Barbara

— 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Cabrillo Bike Path, kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and then learn and have fun at The Painted Cabernet.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara journey planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Santa Monica in July, with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Ventura

— 2 nights
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zuma Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ventura tour itinerary maker site.

Ventura is very close to Santa Barbara. In July, daily temperatures in Ventura can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from Ventura to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ventura in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 28th (Fri), let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach and then stroll through Cascade Falls Trail.

Start your trip to South Lake Tahoe by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Susanville.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Susanville

— 2 nights
Susanville is the county seat of Lassen County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Biz Johnson Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Susanville travel route planning website.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Susanville in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Susanville when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, with lows around 14°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Susanville

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Mendocino

— 3 nights
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Noyo Headlands Park. Get out of town with these interesting Mendocino side-trips: Point Arena (Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument & Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Van Damme State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Mendocino Headlands State Park, and admire the majestic nature at Russian Gulch State Park.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mendocino trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Susanville to Mendocino in 6 hours. When traveling from Susanville in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mendocino, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Arcata.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Arcata

— 2 nights
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. On the 4th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Arcata Community Forest and then explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arcata road trip site.

You can drive from Mendocino to Arcata in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Mendocino in August, expect nights in Arcata to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are much colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Bellingham.

Things to do in Arcata

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Bellingham

— 1 night

City of Subdued Excitement

Perched at the northern end of Washington's Pacific coast, the mid-sized city of Bellingham serves as an important stopover on the road between Seattle and Vancouver.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Baker Ski Area and then hike along Whatcom Falls Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through South Bay Trail and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clayton Beach.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bellingham travel route website.

Getting from Arcata to Bellingham by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Arcata, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bellingham, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Bellingham

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Seattle

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Snoqualmie Falls and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

Start your trip to Seattle by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Bellingham to Seattle by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In August in Seattle, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Olympia.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Olympia

— 2 nights
Olympia is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Skateland, admire the majestic nature at Priest Point Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Tumwater Falls Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge and then explore the activities along Tolmie State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Olympia tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Olympia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seattle in August since evenings lows in Olympia dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Olympia

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hood River

— 2 nights
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. On the 13th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and then catch all the local highlights with Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Dining & Sightseeing Cruises. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Falls Creek Falls and then contemplate the geological forces at Mount Hood.

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You can drive from Olympia to Hood River in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Hood River when traveling from Olympia in August, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Portland

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Multnomah Falls and Mt. Hood National Forest. Take a break from Portland with a short trip to Oneonta Gorge in Cascade Locks, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Willamette Valley, stroll around Laurelhurst Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tabor Park, and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Portland trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hood River to Portland by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Agate Beach State Recreation Site, then stroll through Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area and then identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Newport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to Newport takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Portland in August: highs in Newport hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Bend.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bend

— 2 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.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Deschutes National Forest and then hit the slopes at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Deschutes River Trail and then kick back and relax at Sunset Bay State Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bend trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Newport to Bend takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Newport 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 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

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