15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
4
Bend
— 2 nights
5
Newport
— 3 nights

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool.

Minneapolis to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in July; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Mariposa Grove. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bridalveil Fall and Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, trek along Cooks Meadow Loop, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are cooler with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Carmel River State Beach and Bixby Bridge. Appreciate the collections at Coast Gallery Big Sur and Wyland Gallery Carmel. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at McAbee Beach, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

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You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Another option is to fly. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bend.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see the interesting displays at High Desert Museum, get impressive views of Newberry National Volcanic Monument, and then make a trip to Balancing Rocks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park, make a trip to Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bend trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Monterey to Bend in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bend, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Smith Rock State Park
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High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): hike along Ocean to Bay Trail, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, thenidentify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, and then kick back and relax at Nye Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Bend to Newport takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Bend in July: highs in Newport hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
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Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area

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