31 days in West Coast Itinerary

31 days in West Coast Itinerary

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31 days in West Coast Itinerary

Madison
+3
bus + Fly + tram + Fly:  10​h 15​min
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
Seattle
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+3
bus + tram + Fly + taxi:  8​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Madison

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Hurricane Ridge and Quinault Big Spruce Tree. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and make a trip to Olympic Peninsula.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park visit planning app .

Madison to Olympic National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Madison in June, with highs in Olympic National Park at 65°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Friday Harbor.

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

4
days
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Springtide Paddlesports. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Whale Museum and Island Studio. Change things up with these side-trips from Friday Harbor: Deception Pass State Park (in Oak Harbor) and Lopez Island (Shark Reef Sanctuary & Spencer Spit State Park). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Friday Harbor online trip maker .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Friday Harbor in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. June in Friday Harbor sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Lopez Island, Deception Pass State Park
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Deception Pass State Park ©
Deception Pass State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spencer Spit State Park ©
Spencer Spit 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Snoqualmie Falls and Golden Gardens Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Flight and Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stroll through Kerry Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Seattle sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Friday Harbor to Seattle in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Traveling from Friday Harbor in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, Snoqualmie Falls
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight

3
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Appreciate the collections at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Cannon Beach and Astoria Column. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip tool .

Drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita Beach
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel travel planning tool .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cannon Beach to Carmel in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, San Carlos Cathedral
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Friends of Hearst Castle and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle

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.
Popular historic sites such as Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

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Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are much warmer (82°F), and nights are slightly colder (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castello di Amorosa and San Francisco Bay. Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Chinatown, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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