29 days in West Coast Itinerary

29 days in West Coast Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast Itinerary

Auckland Central
Fly + shuttle + bus:  18​h 30​min
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  11​h 30​min
Lincoln City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Cannon Beach
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly + tram + Fly:  5​h
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Auckland Central

3
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Relax by the water at Point Lobos State Reserve and Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Big Sur side-trips: Elephant Seal Rookery (in San Simeon) and The Cheese Shop (in Carmel). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, get a taste of the local shopping with Coast Gallery Big Sur, and trek along Partington Cove.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand to Big Sur is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland Central to Big Sur is minus 20 hours. Traveling from Auckland Central in September, you will find days in Big Sur are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Elephant Seal Rookery
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Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

5
days
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bodie and Bodie State Historic Park. Explore hidden gems such as Tioga Rd and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. There's still lots to do: hike along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

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You can drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Sur in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lincoln City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

4
days
Lincoln City

Lincoln City
Lincoln City is a city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area and Agate Beach State Park will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Alderhouse Glass Blowers and Prehistoric. Get out of town with these interesting Lincoln City side-trips: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (in Newport) and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest (in Yachats). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, get engrossed in the history at North Lincoln County Historical Museum, look for gifts at Ainslee's Salt Water Taffy, and take in the exciting artwork at Mossy Creek Pottery.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Lincoln City takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Lincoln City are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are a bit warmer (11°C). On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Lincoln City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Newport, Depoe Bay, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
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Prehistoric
Prehistoric

5
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll get in some beach time at Manzanita Beach and Cannon Beach. Get in touch with nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial and Haystack Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Astoria (Astoria Column & Columbia River Maritime Museum), North Head Lighthouse (in Ilwaco) and Tillamook Country Smoker (in Bay City). There's much more to do: stop by Adelaide's Coffee & Sweet Shoppe, immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, and shop like a local with Icefire Glassworks.

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Getting from Lincoln City to Cannon Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lincoln City in September, you will find days in Cannon Beach are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Ocean Park, Tillamook Country Smoker, Manzanita Beach, North Head Lighthouse
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
North Head Lighthouse ©
North Head Lighthouse
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

4
days
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Winter's Hill Estate Vineyard & Winery. Do your shopping at Lavender Valley and Hood River Lavender. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Hood River (Mount Hood & The Gorge White House). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, tee off at The Reserve Vineyards & Golf Club, and stop by Powell's City of Books.

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Getting from Cannon Beach to Portland by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Cannon Beach in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Portland, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Hood River, Winter's Hill Estate Vineyard & Winery, Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
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Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area

3
days
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Rialto Beach and Ruby Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Hurricane Ridge and Olympic Peninsula. Step out of Olympic National Park to go to Quinault and see Quinault Big Spruce Tree, which is approximately 1h 15 min away.

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Getting from Portland to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, Olympic National Park is slightly colder than Portland - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Olympic Peninsula, Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

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