29 days in West Coast Itinerary

29 days in West Coast Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+2
Fly + subway + shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  7​h
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Montreal


2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Seattle trip planner .

Montreal, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Seattle is minus 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Seattle are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

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

4
nights
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 Icefire Glassworks. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cannon Beach and Ecola State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Don Nisbett Art Gallery (in Ilwaco) and Astoria Column (in Astoria). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Haystack Rock and take an in-depth tour of Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip maker tool .

Getting from Seattle to Cannon Beach by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in May, you will find days in Cannon Beach are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria, Don Nisbett Art Gallery
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Castello di Amorosa and The Embarcadero. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from Cannon Beach in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Asilomar State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Carmel travel route builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cannery Row, Asilomar State Beach
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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
nights
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 11th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars and then stroll through Moonstone Beach. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon driving holiday planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in June, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Bodie State Historic Park and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Tunnel View. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation planner .

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. Traveling from San Simeon in June, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catcht the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manzanar National Historic Site and Eastern California Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Dante's View. Change things up with a short trip to Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater, trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. 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 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Independence, Museum of Western Film History
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

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