30 days in West Coast Itinerary

30 days in West Coast Itinerary

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30 days in West Coast Itinerary

Boston
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  7​h 45​min
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
Bend
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
Boston

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Limantour Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco tour planner.

Boston to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Boston in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 72°F and lows are around 57°F. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Beaches, #Nature

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San Gregorio State Beach, Limantour Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 102°F to lows of 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Death Valley Junction, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
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Harmony Borax Works

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Panorama Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Capitan and Bodie. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 82°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
days
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 15th (Sun): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Mission San Miguel Arcangel
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Mission San Miguel Arcangel ©
Mission San Miguel Arcangel

2
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Oceanside Pier.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Diego in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Simeon in July, with highs in San Diego at 76°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
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Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

2
days
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 20th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online day trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 64°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bend.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
days
Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Get some cultural insight at High Desert Museum and The Art of Alfred A. Dolezal Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Hosmer Lake and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at South Sister and admire the majestic nature at Sunset Bay State Park.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Bend in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Bend, with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Bend

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sunset Bay State Park, The Art of Alfred A. Dolezal Gallery
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High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Hosmer Lake ©
Hosmer Lake
South Sister ©
South Sister

2
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks, and then appreciate the history behind Astoria Column.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip builder website .

You can drive from Bend to Cannon Beach in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bend in July: highs in Cannon Beach hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita Beach
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

3
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ed Munro Seahurst Park and Snoqualmie Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Bloedel Reserve and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, stroll the grounds of Lake View Cemetery, and stroll through Kerry Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in July: highs in Seattle hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Bloedel Reserve, Snoqualmie Falls, Ed Munro Seahurst Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls

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