30 days in West Coast Itinerary

30 days in West Coast Itinerary

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30 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Mount Shasta
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Bandon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
Borrego Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco sightseeing website .

New York City to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Partington Cove. Explore Big Sur's surroundings by going to Asilomar State Beach (in Pacific Grove) and Carmel (Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach & Seventeen Mile Drive).

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Sur planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Asilomar State Beach
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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

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll through Moonstone Beach, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, and then do a tasting at Jack Creek Celllars. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then stroll through Piedras Blancas.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 4 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Big Sur in January, with lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Rock, Moonstone Beach, Jack Creek Celllars
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Valley View. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. When traveling from San Simeon in January, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 44°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Mammoth Lakes
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain

2
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Popular historic sites such as Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA and Point Cabrillo Light Station are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Black Sands Beach and Noyo Headlands Park. Get out of town with these interesting Mendocino side-trips: Philo (Handley Cellars Winery, Navarro Vineyards, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Ford House Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mendocino trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Mendocino in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Mendocino: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Philo, Black Sands Beach, Noyo Headlands Park, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA
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Ford House Museum ©
Ford House Museum
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

3
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park and Siskiyou County Museum. Get in touch with nature at Mt Shasta Ski Park and Mount Shasta. There's more to do: get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castle Lake.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Mount Shasta trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Mendocino to Mount Shasta takes 5.5 hours. In January, Mount Shasta is little chillier than Mendocino - with highs of 47°F and lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Bandon.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Siskiyou County Museum, Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
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Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake

2
nights
Bandon

Bandon ©
Bandon is a city in Coos County, Oregon, United States, on the south side of the mouth of the Coquille River. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Hughes Historic House, then immerse yourself in nature at Cape Blanco State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Coquille River Lighthouse. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Whiskey Run Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Coquille Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bandon vacation planner .

Getting from Mount Shasta to Bandon by car takes about 4.5 hours. In January, Bandon is a bit warmer than Mount Shasta - with highs of 55°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Bandon

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Port Orford
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Coquille Point ©
Coquille Point
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint ©
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint
Hughes Historic House ©
Hughes Historic House

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, then appreciate the history behind Astoria Column, and then explore the galleries of Columbia River Maritime Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach trip builder site .

You can drive from Bandon to Cannon Beach in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Bandon, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Borrego Springs.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Astoria
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

2
nights
Borrego Springs

Borrego Springs ©
Borrego Springs is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Indian Canyons and Ocotillo Wells SVRA. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating landscape at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, take in breathtaking views at Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail, and stroll through Slot Canyon.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Borrego Springs journey maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cannon Beach to Borrego Springs. Traveling from Cannon Beach in January, expect nights in Borrego Springs to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are much hotter, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Borrego Springs

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Palm Springs
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Slot Canyon ©
Slot Canyon

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Cerro Gordo Mines and Harmony Borax Works are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Badwater and Trona Pinnacles. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Borrego Springs to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Borrego Springs in January, expect Death Valley National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 58°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Cerro Gordo Mines
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles

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