60 days in West Coast Itinerary

60 days in West Coast Itinerary

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60 days in West Coast Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + tram + Fly:  21​h 30​min
Olympic National Park
— 7 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
Astoria
— 8 nights
+3
bus + tram + Fly + taxi:  7​h
Calistoga
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mendocino
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
bus:  9​h 30​min
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
Sydney

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Second Beach Trail and Rialto Beach. You'll get in some beach time at First Beach and Third Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Olympic National Park: Forks Timber Museum (in Forks) and Quinault Big Spruce Tree (in Quinault). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Sol Duc Falls, explore the striking landscape at Olympic Peninsula, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, and take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge.

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Sydney, Australia to Olympic National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get a bit cooler in Olympic National Park: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. On the 17th (Thu), you're off toAstoria.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Forks Timber Museum, Quinault Big Spruce Tree
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Sol Duc Falls ©
Sol Duc Falls

7
days
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manzanita Beach and Grayland Beach State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Cape Disappointment State Park and Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Astoria: Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock, & more), Manzanita Golf Course (in Manzanita) and Beach Books (in Seaside). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Long Beach, enjoy the sea views from North Head Lighthouse, identify plant and animal life at Astoria Column, and get to know the fascinating history of The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks.

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Getting from Olympic National Park to Astoria by bus takes about 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Astoria can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Ilwaco, Long Beach, Grayland Beach State Park
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
North Head Lighthouse ©
North Head Lighthouse

3
days
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Step out of the city life by going to Gualala Point Regional Park and Muir Woods National Monument. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Ross State Historic Park and Gualala River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Calistoga: Twin Peaks (in San Francisco) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa.

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Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Astoria to Calistoga takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. When traveling from Astoria in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Calistoga: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mendocino.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gualala, Twin Peaks, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument
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Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

6
days
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Get some historical perspective at Point Cabrillo Light Station and Ford House Visitor Center & Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Russian Gulch State Park and Black Sands Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mendocino: Point Arena (Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum, Point Arena - Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, & more) and Montgomery Woods State Reserve (in Ukiah). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Noyo Headlands Park, immerse yourself in nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and steep yourself in history at Kelley House Museum.

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Drive from Calistoga to Mendocino in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Mendocino, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Arena, Fort Bragg, Montgomery Woods State Reserve, Black Sands Beach
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Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum

7
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.
Visiting Olmsted Point and Gaylor Lake will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Lembert Dome and Bodie State Historic Park. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: see a world frozen in time at Bodie, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and hike along May Lake Trailhead.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner .

You can drive from Mendocino to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Mendocino in June, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 30°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mammoth Mountain, Bodie
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

6
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns. Get in touch with nature at Titus Canyon and The Racetrack. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Trona Pinnacles in Trona--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, take some stellar pictures from Aguereberry Point, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

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You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, things will get much hotter in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Death Valley Junction, Trona Pinnacles
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Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon

7
days
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Get some historical perspective at Manzanar National Historic Site and Cedar Grove Visitor Center. Step out of the city life by going to Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Lone Pine (Lone Pine Film History Museums & Mount Whitney Trail), Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery (in Independence) and Project Survival's Cat Haven (in Dunlap). There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, and delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 40°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Independence, Little Lakes Valley Trail, Project Survival's Cat Haven, Inyo National Forest
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

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 27th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, do a tasting at Moonstone Cellars, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

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Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for colder days in San Simeon, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Rock
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

8
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. Get outdoors at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Point Lobos State Reserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Point Sur State Historic Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: San Juan Bautista (Mission San Juan Bautista & San Juan Bautista State Historic Park) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Stevenson House, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 7th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, San Juan Bautista, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

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