12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
Seattle
— 1 night
car:  4​h
2
Olympic National Park
— Few hours
car:  5​h
3
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Bend
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mendocino
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carmel
— 1 day
bus:  45​min
9
Big Sur
— 1 night
car:  6​h 30​min
10
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park Arboretum, then explore the activities along Green Lake Park, then explore the activities along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and finally kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary planning app .

Newark to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Seattle is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Green Lake Park ©
Green Lake Park

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hours
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Olympic Hot Springs and then don't miss a visit to Olympic Peninsula.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Olympic National Park online itinerary builder .

Fly from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
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Olympic Peninsula ©
Olympic Peninsula

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, appreciate the views at Willamette Valley, then contemplate the long history of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, then hike along Forest Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip planner .

Fly from Olympic National Park to Portland in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Olympic National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Portland, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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Willamette Valley ©
Willamette Valley

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hours
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.
To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bend trip maker website .

Drive from Portland to Bend in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Portland in March; daily highs in Bend reach 52°F and lows reach 30°F. You'll set off for Redwood National Park on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Bend

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature
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1
day
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary site .

Getting from Bend to Redwood National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bend in March since evenings lows in Redwood National Park dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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1
night
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park, shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Ford House Visitor Center & Museum.

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You can drive from Redwood National Park to Mendocino in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Redwood National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Mendocino, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Noyo Headlands Park
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Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Baker Beach and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see maps and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online attractions planner .

You can drive from Mendocino to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Mendocino in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in San Francisco. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

1
day
Carmel

Carmel
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. On the 8th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur road trip planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 46°F. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours
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2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and then take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Big Sur to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, San Diego is a bit warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 69°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Oceanside Pier
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Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

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