10 days in West Coast Itinerary

10 days in West Coast Itinerary

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10 days in West Coast Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h 30​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
Underwood
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 30​min
New York City

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Carmel Bay Company, kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

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New York City to Carmel is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in March, with highs in Carmel at 63°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Underwood.

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Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

1
day
Underwood

Underwood ©
Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington, United States. For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Underwood day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from San Simeon to Underwood with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Simeon in March; daily highs in Underwood reach 52°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

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Wildlife Nature Parks

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Apple Valley Country Store, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Apple Valley Country Store
Apple Valley Country Store

3
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Do your shopping at Adelaide's Coffee & Sweet Shoppe and Jack's Country Store. Kids will enjoy Bruce's Candy Kitchen and Cannon Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Astoria Column (in Astoria), Old Wheeler Antiques & Collectibles (in Wheeler) and Tillamook Country Smoker (in Bay City). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Beach Books, view the masterpieces at Icefire Glassworks, and explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock.

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You can drive from Underwood to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Shopping Parks Outdoors

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Ocean Park, Seaside, Astoria Column, Old Wheeler Antiques & Collectibles, Tillamook Country Smoker
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Adelaide's Coffee & Sweet Shoppe ©
Adelaide's Coffee & Sweet Shoppe
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Tillamook Country Smoker ©
Tillamook Country Smoker

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hours
Portland

Portland
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.
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Take a bus from Cannon Beach to Portland in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 41°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

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Powell's City of Books
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