53 days in West Coast Itinerary

53 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast vacation planner
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Portland
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Bend
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
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Olympic National Park
— 6 nights
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Seattle
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Portland — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Cannon Beach (Ecola State Park & Haystack Rock), Cellar Door Wine Tours (in Lafayette) and Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail (in Mosier). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, trek along Forest Park, walk around Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Portland road trip app.

Berlin, Germany to Portland is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Bend.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): cruise along McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop and then explore the striking landscape of Deschutes National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Deschutes River.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bend trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Portland to Bend in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Bend. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.
Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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San Francisco — 6 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, walk around Golden Gate Park, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco attractions planner.

Fly from Bend to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bend in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to San Diego.
Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Childrens Museums

San Diego — 5 nights

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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip itinerary maker.

Fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from San Francisco in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Pack the 22nd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 5 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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, and explore the fascinating underground world of Crystal Cave.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning tool.

Fly from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 43°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yosemite National Park — 7 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.
On the 1st (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Mariposa Grove, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe — 5 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.
Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Tahoe City), Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Tompkins Memorial Trail (in Truckee). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, trek along Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Falls Trail, and experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. August in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Mount Rainier National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Mount Rainier National Park — 1 night

The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier and then hike along Skyline Trail.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park road trip website.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to Mount Rainier National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August since evenings lows in Mount Rainier National Park dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 6 nights

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Hurricane Ridge, trek along High Divide, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park. While traveling from Mount Rainier National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.
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Seattle — 5 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: B&B Family Farm (in Sequim) and 5 Mile Drive & Trails (in Tacoma). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle route maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Seattle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in August; daily highs in Seattle reach 31°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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