43 days in West Coast Itinerary

43 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Start: London
Train + Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Sequim
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
5
Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Train:  4 h
6
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Tram + Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
8
Ashland
— 1 night
Bus:  7 h 45 min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
10
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
11
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
12
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
13
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
14
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h
End: London

3
nights
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.
Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Tacoma (Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium & Museum of Glass). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire the natural beauty at Woodland Park and Rose Garden, browse the fresh offerings at Pike Place Market, and don't miss a visit to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle planner.

London, UK to Seattle is an approximately 12.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Seattle hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Tacoma, Bellevue Botanical Garden
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

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.
On the 24th (Fri), walk around Reuben Tarte Memorial Park, then find something for the whole family at Zip San Juan, then see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Friday Harbor online day trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to Friday Harbor by flight takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Friday Harbor at 27°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Sequim.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Reuben Tarte Memorial Park
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zip San Juan ©
Zip San Juan
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

1
night
Sequim

Sequim ©
Sequim is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): get outside with Sequim Bay Scenic Pullout, experience rural life at Purple Haze Lavender Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dungeness River Audubon Center, then experience rural life at B&B Family Farm, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at The Lavender Connection.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sequim travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Friday Harbor to Sequim takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Sequim

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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B&B Family Farm ©
B&B Family Farm
The Lavender Connection ©
The Lavender Connection
Purple Haze Lavender Farm ©
Purple Haze Lavender Farm

4
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.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Hurricane Ridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, hike along High Divide, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip site.

Traveling by bus from Sequim to Olympic National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

1
night
Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, then hike along Skyline Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Spray Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park road trip tool.

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle. When traveling from Olympic National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mount Rainier National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Comet Falls ©
Comet Falls

3
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Cascade Locks (Bonneville Lock & Dam & Oneonta Gorge). There's lots more to do: stop by Powell's City of Books, trek along Wildwood Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and head outdoors with Portland Timbers.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Portland vacation maker site.

Traveling by train from Mount Rainier National Park to Portland takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in July, Portland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Cascade Locks
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Portland Timbers ©
Portland Timbers

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach, admire the majestic nature at Nehalem Bay State Park, and then take in the waterfront at Garibaldi Boat Basin.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Cannon Beach sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Portland to Cannon Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Cannon Beach is little chillier than Portland - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ashland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita Beach, Nehalem Bay State Park, Garibaldi Boat Basin
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:
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Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

1
night
Ashland

Ashland is a city in Jackson County, in the State of Oregon. On the 5th (Wed), stroll around Lithia Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rogue River, then see a show at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ashland online visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus, tram, and flight from Cannon Beach to Ashland in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in August, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Ashland: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Ashland

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Rogue River
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Rogue River ©
Rogue River
Lithia Park ©
Lithia Park

4
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.
Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Lee Vining and see Tioga Rd, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Lembert Dome, get great views at Half Dome, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Ashland to Yosemite National Park in 19.5 hours. Traveling from Ashland in August, expect Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 32°C and 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tioga Rd
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Half Dome ©
Half Dome

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Downtown Disney, Disneyland Park, &more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Los Angeles online vacation planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by bus takes about 12 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much hotter in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning website.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
nights
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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Explore Napa's surroundings by going to St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Modus Operandi Cellars), Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner) and Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, &more). The adventure continues: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, and take in the exciting artwork at Patrick Amiot.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Napa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Napa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, flight, and subway. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Napa hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Safari West, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:
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Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco route maker tool.

You can drive from Napa to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in August, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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