60 days in West Coast Itinerary

60 days in West Coast Itinerary

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60 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Bangor
Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
6
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 5 nights
+4
Fly + foot + bus + train + bus:  8​h 45​min
7
Astoria
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Newport
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Bend
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Crater Lake National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Crescent City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Bangor

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Artists Palette and Wildrose Peak Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Artists Dr and Gower Gulch Loop. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool .

Bangor to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangor to Death Valley National Park is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Bangor in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Wildrose Peak Trail ©
Wildrose Peak Trail

5
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Manzanar National Historic Site and General Sherman Tree. Explore hidden gems such as Congress Trail and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: Trail of 100 Giants (in Ponderosa), Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence) and Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine). Next up on the itinerary: trek along General Grant Tree Trail, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and stroll through Panoramic Point.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planning app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 66°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Independence, Museum of Western Film History, Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

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.
On the 30th (Tue), kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, then view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marina State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Get outdoors at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Ewoldsen Trail & McWay Falls). Spend the 2nd (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: shop like a local with Ocean Avenue, view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and stroll through Point Lobos.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach, Cypress Point Golf Club, Marina State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tioga Rd and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Olmsted Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are a bit cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park and Lime Kiln Point State Park. Get outdoors at Pelindaba Lavender Farm and Moran State Park. Change things up with a short trip to Buck Bay Shellfish Farm in Olga (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Whale Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Island Studios, get outside with Springtide Paddlesports, and take in the exciting artwork at Arctic Raven Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Friday Harbor. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Friday Harbor: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Astoria.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Olga, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park
Highlights from your plan
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Moran State Park ©
Moran State Park

6
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Appreciate the collections at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Don Nisbett Art Gallery. Head to Adelaide's Coffee and Sweet Shoppe and Fusions Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Astoria side-trips: Hug Point State Recreation Site (in Arch Cape), Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, & more) and Rockaway Beach (International Police Museum & Rockaway Beach Wayside). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks, admire the sheer force of Young River Falls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oysterville Church.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Astoria trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, train, and bus from Friday Harbor to Astoria takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. August in Astoria sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Rockaway Beach, Fusions Gallery, Adelaide's Coffee and Sweet Shoppe, Sandphifer Gallery
Highlights from your plan

6
nights
Newport

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and Gleneden Beach State Park. Relax by the water at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Lincoln City (Alderhouse Glass Blowers, Mossy Creek Pottery, & more), Heceta Head Lighthouse (in Florence) and Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, Yachats State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Mike Miller Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Newport holiday website .

Drive from Astoria to Newport in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Astoria in August, you will find days in Newport are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lincoln City, Yachats, South Beach, Depoe Bay, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area ©
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

6
nights
Bend

Bend ©
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.
Head to Old Mill District and The Art of Alfred A. Dolezal Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at High Desert Museum and City of Sisters. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bend: Fort Rock State Natural Area (in Fort Rock) and Oakridge (Salt Creek Falls & Willamette Hatchery). And it doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Sparks Lake, take a peaceful walk through Deschutes National Forest, and grab your bike and head to Trail to Benham Falls.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bend travel route planner .

You can drive from Newport to Bend in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newport in August: highs in Bend hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Oakridge, City of Sisters, Fort Rock State Natural Area, Trail to Benham Falls, The Art of Alfred A. Dolezal Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Sparks Lake ©
Sparks Lake
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
River Rafting & Tubing

6
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cleetwood Cove Trail and Wizard Island. Step out of the city life by going to Rim Dr and Toketee Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Crater Lake National Park side-trips: Susan Creek Falls (in Idleyld Park), National Creek Falls (in Prospect) and Umpqua National Forest (in Umpqua). Spend the 6th (Fri) exploring nature at Crater Lake National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Whitehorse Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Notch Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Bend to Crater Lake National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bend in September, with highs in Crater Lake National Park at 83°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Prospect, Umpqua National Forest, Susan Creek Falls, Fort Klamath Museum
Highlights from your plan
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Fort Klamath Museum ©
Fort Klamath Museum

5
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Let the collections at Battery Point Lighthouse and Trees of Mystery capture your imagination. Head to Hawthorne Gallery and Gold Beach Booksfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Myers Creek Beach (in Pistol River), Redwood National Park (in Redwood National Park) and Ophir Beach (in Ophir). There's still lots to do: trek along Stout Grove, admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, explore the activities along Point St George Park, and examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Crescent City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Crater Lake National Park to Crescent City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Crescent City, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Klamath, Myers Creek Beach, Ophir Beach, Redwood National Park, Gold Beach Books
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trees of Mystery ©
Trees of Mystery
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

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