21 days in West Coast Itinerary

21 days in West Coast Itinerary

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21 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Newark
Train + Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Newark

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Explore hidden gems such as Palm Springs Air Museum and Indian Canyons. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palm Springs Art Museum and Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Palm Springs: Old Town Temecula (in Temecula), Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Lucille Ball, make a trip to Sonny Bono Statue, and shop like a local with El Paseo Shopping District.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs tour itinerary planner .

Newark to Palm Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Palm Springs is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in March, things will get much warmer in Palm Springs: highs are around 84°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Crystal Cove, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Old Town Temecula, El Paseo Shopping District
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Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Old Town Temecula ©
Old Town Temecula

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dante's View and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. There's much more to do: cruise along Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

Before you visit Death Valley National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Palm Springs in April: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 77°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Devil's Golf Course ©
Devil's Golf Course

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, then explore and take pictures at Moonstone Beach Dr, then learn more about the world around you at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of East Village.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Simeon tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, San Simeon is slightly colder at night with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Greenspace Creekside Reserve ©
Greenspace Creekside Reserve

4
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. Explore hidden gems such as Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Visit Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos for some beach relaxation. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see McWay Falls in Big Sur, approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, admire the striking features of The Old Monterey Jail, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in April, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 12th (Sun), do a tasting at VJB Cellars, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Calistoga attractions planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Calistoga in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in April, you will find days in Calistoga are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Charles M. Schulz Museum, V. Sattui Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Francis Ford Coppola Winery ©
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Freakybuttrue Peculiarium. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Astoria (Astoria Column & Columbia River Maritime Museum), Ecola State Park (in Cannon Beach) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and stop by Powell's City of Books.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Portland travel route planner .

Getting from Calistoga to Portland by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Calistoga in April, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are slightly colder, around 63°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Freakybuttrue Peculiarium ©
Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

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