31 days in West Coast Itinerary

31 days in West Coast Itinerary

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1
Seattle
— 4 nights
2
Newport
— 3 nights
3
Bend
— 3 nights
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
8
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
9
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights

4
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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.
Get outdoors at Lake Union and Seattle Mariner Baseball. Get some cultural insight at Bruce Lee Grave Site and Saint James Cathedral. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Queen Anne Hill, get your game on at Seattle Pinball Museum, explore the activities along Elliott Bay Waterfront, and enjoy breathtaking views from Columbia Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Los Angeles to Seattle is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Volunteer Park Conservatory ©
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Queen Anne Hill ©
Queen Anne Hill
Bruce Lee Grave Site ©
Bruce Lee Grave Site

3
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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Take a break from the city and head to Beverly Beach State Park and Taft Bay. Explore hidden gems such as Yaquina Bay Bridge and Agate Beach State Recreation Site. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, observe the fascinating underwater world at Oregon Undersea Gardens, pick up some local products at Newport Farmer's Market, and see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It or Not!.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Newport route planner.

Getting from Seattle to Newport by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in September: high temperatures in Newport hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Bend.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Beverly Beach State Park, Taft Bay, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area
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Beverly Beach State Park ©
Beverly Beach State Park
Agate Beach State Recreation Site ©
Agate Beach State Recreation Site
Yaquina Bay Bridge ©
Yaquina Bay Bridge

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Drake Park. Get outdoors at Deschutes National Forest and Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trails. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Tumalo State Park, take in the pleasant sights at Deschutes River Trail, sample the tasty concoctions at Deschutes Brewery, and explore the activities along Little Cultus Lake.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bend road trip planning app.

You can drive from Newport to Bend in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newport in September: highs in Bend hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Deschutes National  Forest
Deschutes National Forest
Tumalo State Park ©
Tumalo State Park

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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 VJB Cellars and Kunde Family Winery. Step out of the city life by going to Sonoma Valley and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Wellington Cellars (in Glen Ellen) and Cline Cellars (in Sonoma). Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Fort Point, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and wander the streets of Little Italy.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco tour builder site.

Fly from Bend to San Francisco in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Bend in September, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, Kenwood, Wellington Cellars
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
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VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley
Kunde Family Winery ©
Kunde Family Winery

2
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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, and finally do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the landmark architecture of Tor House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel journey planning site.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Sat), visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, then kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally stop by Sebastian General Store.

To plan San Simeon vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:
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Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store
Piedras Blancas Light Station ©
Piedras Blancas Light Station
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and Project Survival's Cat Haven. Step out of the city life by going to Generals Hwy and Mt. Whitney. Change things up with these side-trips from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: The Presidente tree (in Three Rivers) and Giant Sequoia National Monument (in Visalia). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin, trek along Buena Vista Peak Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and identify plant and animal life at Big Baldy.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online road trip planner.

Getting from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 17°C in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Project Survival's Cat Haven, John Muir Trail, The Presidente tree, Giant Sequoia National Monument
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 22:
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Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy
Project Survival's Cat Haven ©
Project Survival's Cat Haven

5
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Panorama Trail and Four Mile Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and Nelder Grove. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Valley View, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8.5 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Nelder Grove
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:
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Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Funeral Mountains. Get some cultural insight at The Ranch at Furnace Creek and Geologist's Cabin. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park visit planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 20°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range

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