13 days in West Coast Itinerary

13 days in West Coast Itinerary

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13 days in West Coast Itinerary

Helsinki
Fly:  13​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
Underwood
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Helsinki

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 38 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online tour planner .

Helsinki, Finland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to San Francisco is minus 10 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Helsinki in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 19°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

V. Sattui, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
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. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. Visiting Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Monterey Bay will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, make a trip to San Carlos Cathedral, and admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. February in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
days
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 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then do a tasting at Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards, then do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and finally explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in February, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Underwood.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

1
day
Underwood

Underwood ©
Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington, United States. To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Underwood trip maker site .

Explore your travel options from San Simeon to Underwood with the Route module. Traveling from San Simeon in February, expect Underwood to be little chillier, temps between 9°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Underwood

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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AniChe Cellars
AniChe Cellars

1
day
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 24th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip planner .

Getting from Underwood to Cannon Beach by car takes about 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Spas & Wellness
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Spas & Wellness

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