54 days in West Coast Itinerary

54 days in West Coast Itinerary

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54 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  15​h 45​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Big Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  45​min
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Mendocino
— 3 nights
+4
bus + Fly + tram + bus + Fly:  9​h 15​min
7
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 5 nights
+3
Fly + foot + tram + train:  4​h 15​min
8
Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Olympic National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
La Push
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Cannon Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Newport
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Hood River
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Titus Canyon and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Manzanar National Historic Site and Artists Dr. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Trona Pinnacles in Trona--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take some stellar pictures from Aguereberry Point, and explore the activities along Badwater.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in June, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be a bit warmer, around 21°C, while days are much warmer, around 43°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trona Pinnacles, Manzanar National Historic Site
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Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Trona Pinnacles ©
Trona Pinnacles
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Panorama Trail and Lembert Dome. Get outdoors at Olmsted Point and Tioga Pass. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company in Bear Valley--about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along May Lake Trailhead, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 32°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): get lost in a book at Henry Miller Memorial Library, then do a tasting at Hahn Estate Winery, and then cruise along Old Coast Road. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Camaldoli Hermitage, and then view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur tour itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Hahn Estate Winery
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Hahn Estate Winery ©
Hahn Estate Winery
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

5
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. Get outdoors at Lovers Point and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Carmel River State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Capitola City Beach (in Capitola), Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Moss Landing). There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, and admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker site .

You can drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 17:
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Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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 18th (Wed): stop by Brown Butter Cookie Company, then enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon vacation maker .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Brown Butter Cookie Company
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Brown Butter Cookie Company ©
Brown Butter Cookie Company

3
nights
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 19th (Thu), stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Gualala Point Regional Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Schooner Gulch State Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mendocino online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Mendocino takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, and flight. While traveling from San Simeon, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 15°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Noyo Headlands Park, Gualala Point Regional Park, Schooner Gulch State Beach
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Big River ©
Big River

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pelindaba Lavender Farm and Springtide Paddlesports. Take a break from the city and head to Lime Kiln Point State Park and Buck Bay Shellfish Farm. Take a break from Friday Harbor with a short trip to Spencer Spit State Park in Lopez Island, about 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the exciting artwork at Island Studios, get outside with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands, and experience rural life at Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm and Country Store.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Friday Harbor trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Mendocino to Friday Harbor takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. While traveling from Mendocino, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Friday Harbor, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, Spencer Spit State Park
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Pelindaba Lavender Farm ©
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm ©
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm

2
nights
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ashford Creek Pottery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, and then admire the sheer force of Christine Falls Viewpoint.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Friday Harbor to Mount Rainier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Ashford Creek Pottery
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:
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Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls
Christine Falls Viewpoint ©
Christine Falls Viewpoint
Ashford Creek Pottery ©
Ashford Creek Pottery

6
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Second Beach Trail and Hoh River. Step out of the city life by going to Olympic National Park and Finnriver. Get out of town with these interesting Olympic National Park side-trips: Quinault Big Spruce Tree (in Quinault), Chimacum Corner Farmstand (in Chimacum) and Fort Flagler State Park (in Marrowstone Island). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Olympic Peninsula, and hike along Ozette Loop Hike.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Olympic National Park road trip site .

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Olympic National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to La Push.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chimacum, Fort Flagler State Park, Quinault Big Spruce Tree, Olympic Peninsula
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 4:
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Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Hoh River ©
Hoh River
Olympic Peninsula ©
Olympic Peninsula

1
night
La Push

La Push ©
La Push is a small unincorporated community situated at the mouth of the Quillayute River in Clallam County, Washington, United States. On the 4th (Sat), stroll through Third Beach and then stroll through First Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Push trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to La Push. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in La Push

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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First Beach ©
First Beach

5
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Get in touch with nature at Manzanita Beach and Cape Lookout State Park. Visit Cannon Beach and Arcadia Beach State Recreation Area for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Cannon Beach: Astoria (The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks, Astoria Column, & more) and Willapa National Wildlife Refuge (in Ilwaco). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, indulge your taste buds at Seaside Candyman, learn about winemaking at Nehalem Bay Winery, and look for gifts at Bruce's Candy Kitchen.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip planner .

Getting from La Push to Cannon Beach by car takes about 5 hours. August in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Nehalem, Seaside, Cape Lookout State Park, Manzanita Beach
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
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Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach

5
nights
Newport

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and Beverly Beach State Park. Relax by the water at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area and Agate Beach State Park. Explore Newport's surroundings by going to Cascade Head Trail (in Otis), Florence (Hobbit Trail & Darlingtonia State Natural Site) and Prehistoric (in Lincoln City). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Seal Rock State Wayside, and look for gifts at Ainslee's Salt Water Taffy.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Newport day trip planning tool .

Drive from Cannon Beach to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Cannon Beach in August; daily highs in Newport reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hood River.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Depoe Bay, Florence, Seal Rock State Wayside, Prehistoric, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Darlingtonia State Natural Site ©
Darlingtonia State Natural Site
South Beach State Park ©
South Beach State Park

6
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and White Salmon River. Step out of the city life by going to Salmon River Trail and Beacon Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Castle Rock (Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center & Spirit Lake Hwy). And it doesn't end there: trek along Eagle Creek Trail, look for gifts at Hood River Lavender, relax in the rural setting at The Gorge White House, and do a tasting at Cathedral Ridge Winery.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hood River holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Newport to Hood River takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Newport in August, expect Hood River to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hood River

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Hood River County Fruit Loop, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Sunshine Mill Winery, Eagle Creek Trail
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Eagle Creek Trail ©
Eagle Creek Trail
Salmon River Trail ©
Salmon River Trail

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