26 days in West Coast Itinerary

26 days in West Coast Itinerary

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26 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+3
bus + foot + train + Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
+4
taxi + bus + Fly + tram + bus:  13​h 15​min
6
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
+3
bus + train + bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
7
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
+3
ferry + taxi + Fly + bus:  23​h
End: Jerusalem

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Twin Peaks and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco planning website .

Jerusalem, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Jerusalem in September, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (27°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, steep yourself in history at Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories, cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive, and take an in-depth tour of Colton Hall Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In September in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

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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.
On the 14th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For maps and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Simeon are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Piedras Blancas Light Station
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station

5
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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, hike along Wawona Meadow, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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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 20th (Thu), explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are warmer (20°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cannon Beach and Astoria Column. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, stop by Beach Books, and admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Cannon Beach takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Astoria, Beach Books
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Springtide Paddlesports. Kids will enjoy Shark Reef Sanctuary and The Whale Museum. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands and explore the striking landscape at Cattle Point.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Friday Harbor online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Cannon Beach to Friday Harbor in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks

Side Trip

Shark Reef Sanctuary
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Shark Reef Sanctuary ©
Shark Reef Sanctuary
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

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