22 days in West Coast & Tucson Itinerary

22 days in West Coast & Tucson Itinerary

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22 days in West Coast & Tucson Itinerary

Berlin
Fly:  16​h
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Tucson
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Monterey
— 1 night
Fly + subway:  1​h 45​min
Oakland
— 1 night
bus:  15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  9​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
Eureka
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h
Bellingham
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h
Berlin

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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 1st (Fri): stop by Powell's City of Books.

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Berlin, Germany to Portland is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and tram. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Berlin to Portland due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tucson.

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Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

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Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
On the 3rd (Sun), shop like a local with Madaras Gallery and then explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pima Air & Space Museum and then explore and take pictures at Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

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Getting from Portland to Tucson by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Portland to Tucson, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Portland in June: highs in Tucson hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

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Pima Air & Space Museum ©
Pima Air & Space Museum
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon
Madaras Gallery
Madaras Gallery

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Tucson to Joshua Tree National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tucson to Joshua Tree National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

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Parks Nature

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Joshua Tree National Park
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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications. On the next day, browse the exhibits of La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

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Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be little chillier, around 19°C, while days are much colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

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Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by Sebastian General Store and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

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Outdoors Beaches Parks

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

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from San Simeon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Big Sur, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. On the 10th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Monterey sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Oakland.

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Outdoors Beaches Parks

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Carmel
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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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Oakland

Oakland
Oakland is a major West Coast port city in the U.S. To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Oakland day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Monterey to Oakland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. In June in Oakland, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 14°C at night. You'll set off for San Francisco on the 12th (Tue).

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days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and then wander the streets of Union Square.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip planning tool .

San Francisco is just a short distance from Oakland. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then trek along May Lake Trailhead. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally trek along Wawona Meadow.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C and lows are around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Eureka.

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Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point

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Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Eureka takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Eureka, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bellingham.

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Shopping Museums

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Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum, Golden Gait Mercantile
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Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum ©
Golden Gait Mercantile ©
Golden Gait Mercantile

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Bellingham

Bellingham ©
On the 20th (Wed), look for gifts at Village Books and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Baker Ski Area.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bellingham trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Eureka to Bellingham takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Eureka in June, you will find days in Bellingham are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Seattle.

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Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

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Mt Baker Ski Area
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Mt Baker Ski Area ©
Mt Baker Ski Area
Village Books
Village Books

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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.
On the 21st (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally stop by The Elliott Bay Book Company.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bellingham to Seattle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June in Seattle, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

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Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight

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