29 days in West Coast Itinerary

29 days in West Coast Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+3
Fly + tram + bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
+4
ferry + foot + bus + train + bus:  8​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Underwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cannon Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Newport
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + train:  18​h 30​min
End: Brussels

4
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Whale Museum and Spencer Spit State Park. Bring the kids along to Lime Kiln Point State Park and Zip San Juan. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the masterpieces at San Juan Islands Museum of Art, and view the masterpieces at Island Studio.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor online journey planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Friday Harbor is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Friday Harbor is minus 9 hours. In June, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Spencer Spit State Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

4
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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. Bring the kids along to Pfeiffer State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Partington Cove and Pierce Ranch Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in Santa Cruz) and McWay Falls (in Big Sur). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Carmel tour builder app .

Getting from Friday Harbor to Carmel by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Friday Harbor in June since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, stop by Sebastian General Store, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, look for gifts at Shell Shop Inc, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for little chillier days in San Simeon, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Moonstone Beach
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panorama Trail and Valley View. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Groveland and see Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Olmsted Point, get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Gaylor Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are slightly colder (5°C). You will leave for Underwood on the 17th (Sun).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
Underwood

Underwood ©
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hood River, then do a tasting at Mt. Hood Winery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Underwood trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Underwood. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Underwood to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Underwood

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Hood River, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Mt. Hood Winery ©
Mt. Hood Winery
Port of Hood River ©
Port of Hood River

4
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kids will enjoy Manzanita Beach and Haystack Rock. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bruce's Candy Kitchen and Columbia River Maritime Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannon Beach: Astoria Column (in Astoria) and Portland (Powell's City of Books, Oregon Zoo, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Cannon Beach, savor the flavors at Seaside Candyman, look for gifts at Beach Books, and admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Underwood to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. Traveling from Underwood in June, Cannon Beach is little chillier at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Portland, Astoria, Seaside, Manzanita Beach
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

5
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hatfield Marine Science Center - Oregon State University and Nye Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sandland Adventures and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (in Reedsport), Little Antique Mall (in Lincoln City) and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest (in Yachats). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, play a few rounds at Sandpines Golf Course, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Oregon Coast Aquarium, and immerse yourself in nature at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport holiday builder app .

Drive from Cannon Beach to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in June: highs in Newport hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Newport

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Florence, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Little Antique Mall
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Sandland Adventures ©
Sandland Adventures
Hatfield Marine Science Center ©
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach

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