18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

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18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  7​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
End: Nashville

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Sky View Observatory, Pike Place Market, Seattle Free Walking Tours, and other attractions. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of West Point Lighthouse.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle road trip planning app .

Nashville to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. In September, Seattle is little chillier than Nashville - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. You will leave for Cannon Beach on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Museum of History & Industry ©
Museum of History & Industry
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. September in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F at night. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature
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4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs. Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco National Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to San Francisco in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Cannon Beach in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 16:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon itinerary planning app .

Getting from San Francisco to San Simeon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are little chillier (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then get great views at Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): cruise along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Half Dome. There's still lots to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip planning site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you will find days in Mammoth Lakes are little chillier (74°F), and nights are cooler (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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