The US is such a massive country that has so much to offer to its visitors and also locals. Due to its diverse magnificent attractions, you can easily explore different worlds featuring various natural wonders on the same day. While the west coast of the US has one of the most fantastic national parks to explore. Road tripping in the US is one of the best ways to explore the country, especially on the west coast.

This guide will help you plan two different ways to explore the west coast of the US. You can explore it by road or a mixture of driving and taking domestic flights. Renting a car in the US is pretty easy, most cars can be picked up right at the airport, while finding flights should also not be a big problem.

These itineraries for 3 weeks on west coast USA are all suitable both for travelling in any season of the country, but good planning is required if you want to go during the peak season. The months of June until August is the busiest months travelling around the US.




Planning a trip to a new place you have never been can be challenging. The best way to start is to begin with something easy such as deciding the places you really want to see and the time of the year you want to go. Here are things to know to help you plan and write your trip itinerary.

Getting around

We highly recommend you rent a car which is very easy to do in the US. It will give you the freedom to go anytime and anywhere. Don’t worry about spending too much time in the car, you can also chop up the entire 3 weeks on west coast USA by travelling the places near each other by car then the further one by air.

You can also use public transportation such as a bus or train, although much cheaper, they can be unreliable and not very flexible. Again, if you plan to travel during peak season, make sure to book your flight and car in advance, especially if you want a specific car such as a camping van or an electric one.

Best time to go

The best time to visit the west coast of US depends on the activity you want to do. There are many places for hiking and camping here which are great to do during spring, summer, and even autumn. But if you want to do skiing, you definitely have to plan a trip for winter.

Visa and COVID-19 protocol

The US have one of the strictest visa policies in the world. Only a limited number of nationalities are allowed to enter the country and enjoy visa-free. If your passport is from Europe, Canada, some parts of Latin America, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia can enter and travel around the US without applying for a visa for 6 months maximum.

The US has opened its borders to visitors. Although the testing requirement has been lifted, visitors are required to be fully vaccinated. Those who are not should contact the nearest US Embassy to check if they can enter the country.

Those nationalities can enter and stay in the US for up to 90 to 180 days. Even after applying for a tourist visa, that also allows you to stay in the country for up to 6 months. That is plenty enough time for your 2-weeks in USA holiday.

The US borders have been open for a while now and require all travellers to present a negative test result, taken 24 hours before departure (antigen or RT-PCR) and must be fully-vaccinated except for US citizens.

Other travel tips

During your planning your holiday, these websites and tools will help you book everything. From flight, accommodations, car rental, and even buying your travel insurance. These are the sites I always use for my personal trips/ I love how a lot of these travel services have a flexible cancellation policy which allows me to snatch good prices even though I’m not sure about being able to do the trip.


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In this guide of 3 weeks in west coast USA, you will see two different ways how to travel. You can either travel around by doing a road trip all the way or do it with a mixture of driving and flying. Check below which one looks more appealing for you.

Full Road Trip

  • Duration: 21 days
  • Distance to cover: 2,027 miles (3,262.14 km)
  • Total driving hours: approx 35 hours
  • Average daily driving time: approx 4 hours/ day
  • Start: Los Angeles
  • End: Portland

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1-3: Los Angeles
  • Day 4-5: Las Vegas
  • Day 6-8: Grand Canyon
  • Day 9-10: Zion National Park
  • Day 11-14: Salt Lake City
  • Day 12-15: Craters of The Moon National Monument
  • Day 15-18: Malheur National Forest
  • Day19-21: Portland

Road Trip and Flying

  • Duration: 20 days
  • Total driving hours: approx 25 hours
  • Total Flying hours: 7.5 hours
  • Start: Los Angeles
  • End: Seattle

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1-3: Los Angeles
  • Day 4-5: Las Vegas
  • Day 6-8: Grand Canyon
  • Day 9-10: Zion National Park
  • Day 11: Fly to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
  • Day 11-14: Yellowstone National Park
  • Day 15-18: Bridget-Teton National Forest
  • Day 18: fly from Jackson Hole Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Day 18-21: Seattle


There are 12 states that make up the west coast of USA. This includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. However, for this trip, we will only be covering 6 states which are California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Utah, and Washington.

Exploring the west coast of the US means you will see the country’s great ancient and natural attractions. You will also get to explore the big cities, try out local dishes, and visit Starbucks’ home state. Below is a quick overview of your 3 weeks on the US west coast.

If it’s your first time in the US, we have 3 weeks in the US itinerary that takes you to the most popular places across the entire country.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is also renowned as the “City of Angels” and the location of celebrity-owned mansions. It is a great starting point on your 20 days on West Coast USA trip since it is home to amazing beaches, regional art, and varied culture that every traveller should see. If you’re looking for glamour and excitement, then Los Angeles is for you.

Rather than exploring the city with public transportation, book a rental car to make the most out of your trip, and ensure to consult with the rental company if it’s possible to drop off the car in Seattle or other airports you plan to stop and switch to taking a flight. You can even go on a 26-mile day trip to Disneyland on I-5 South which takes around 30 minutes.

Apart from theme parks, Los Angeles is also known for amazing surfing spots. Head to 27th St Manhattan Beach or to the famous Venice Beach for some great waves. You can also explore your way around Los Angeles through its food culture. There are so many places to eat in LA if you are looking for instagrammable spots, quick bites, or splurge at fancy restaurants.

Things to do in Los Angeles
  • Visit the Hollywood Sign
  • Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Day trip to Angeles National Forest
  • Day trip to Griffith Park
  • Visit Bradbury Building
  • Shop at Amoeba Music
  • Stroll along Sunset Strip
  • Attend a concert at Hollywood Bowl

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is referred to as the ultimate playground and attracts a wide range of tourists who want to experience its entertainment, gastronomy, and nightlife scene. There are various options available for people of all ages to enjoy. From incredible museums, performances, and interactive games to renowned hotels and restaurants, Vegas offers it all.

Depending on the route you choose, expect to allocate at least 4 hrs on the road from Los Angeles to Vegas. The shortest and most common route, the I-15 N, takes roughly 4 hrs and 15 mins to complete across a distance of 270 miles (425 km). You’ll enjoy the famous drive between Barstow and Victorville while travelling along this route.

Things to do in Las Vegas
  • Ride the High Roller
  • Explore The Strip
  • Explore the Mob Museum
  • Stroll along Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
  • Sightseeing at Stratosphere Tower
  • Visit the Fountains at Bellagio
  • Visit The Peppermill

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is frequently visited by tourists due to its timeless beauty, which was made possible by untouched nature. In addition, the canyon itself provides a close-up view of the fascinating geological features, the array of rocks, and the numerous desert habitats that are otherwise impossible to witness without travelling to the location. There are tons of activities you can do including hiking, horseback riding, rafting, swimming, or just taking a leisurely stroll.

Grand Canyon West Rim, about 128 miles (206 km) or roughly a 2h 30 mins’ drive from Las Vegas, is the nearest entry point. The route passes through areas of Arizona as well as notable locations including Boulder City, Hoover Dam, and Lake Mead.

Spend at least a night inside the Grand Canyon Village, located on Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim, where most tourists head while exploring the Canyon. While there are various places to stay overnight, the most renowned sought-after is El Tovar, which sits directly on the rim of the Canyon and offers an incredible view. Make sure to book ahead of time for cheaper rates.

Things to do in Grand Canyon
  • Hike the Grand Canyon
  • Rafting Trip in the Grand Canyon National Park
  • Go on a Helicopter Tour Over the Canyon
  • Visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk
  • Explore the Grand Canyon National Park by Riding a Mule

Zion National Park

When you visit Zion National Park in Southern Utah, you’ll be surrounded by the Earth’s tallest sandstone skyscrapers, a vast night sky filled with a sea of stars, and a few of the most famous trails in the entire world. If you prefer being in nature and seeing wildlife, then this park is for you.!

Zion National Park is home to 68 different species of mammals, ranging from bighorn sheep to the little kangaroo rat. The most frequently sighted animals here are mule deer, foxes, rock squirrels, bighorn sheep, and bats.

Your road trip starts in Desert View, which is close to the park’s Eastern border. Leave Grand Canyon through the east entrance andtake Arizona State Route 64 in the direction of Highway 89 for about 30 miles (48 km). With a total distance of 252 miles (404.5 km), it takes around 5 hrs and 40 mins to travel directly from Grand Canyon to Zion National Park.

Springdale, just outside Zion National Park and set against one of the most spectacular mountain backdrops you will ever encounter, is the place to book accommodations for your Zion visit. This area is home to locally owned and operated hotels, bed and breakfasts, art galleries, restaurants, markets, tour guides, gift shops, and many more.

Things to do in Zion National Park
  • Sightseeing along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
  • Hike the Angel’s Landing
  • Hike the Narrows
  • Experience Rock Climbing and Canyoneering

Salt Lake City

The capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, is a vibrant city that is filled with natural and historic attractions and often hosts the Olympic Winter Games. It is also known as the Mormons’ spiritual home. Today, you can find excellent dining, shops, and a wide range of activities here, whether it’s summer or winter.

The atmosphere is welcoming and laidback and provides easy access to both urban and outdoor activities for tourists to enjoy. You’ll notice that things are generally hassle-free as soon as you arrive. Services and facilities are always nearby, the streets are clear and easy to travel, public transportation runs on time, and there is a bike program that allows you to roam the downtown area for a fee.

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The direct drive from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City is around 4 hrs 30 mins, covering a distance of 300 miles (483 km). The majority of the journey is along Interstate 15, which offers a number of stunning sights and attractions. As you go, you’ll pass numerous attractions worth stopping at, including lakes, canyons, sand dunes, and more.

Despite the fact that tourists frequently pass through Salt Lake City on their route to the neighbouring ski resorts and the bizarre red-rock landscapes, this increasingly diverse city is worth a comprehensive exploration. Learn about the city’s Mormon background, see the unique museums’ exhibits, and dine at one of the city’s hippest restaurants -The Park Cafe,s to try the local cuisine and drinks.

Things to do in Salt Lake City
  • Visit Temple Square
  • Visit Mormon Temple
  • Explore the National History Museum of Utah
  • Explore the Big Cottonwood Canyon
  • See Bird Exhibits at Tracy Aviary
  • Ski at nearby Ski Resorts
  • Tour the State Capitol
  • Unwind at Liberty Park

Craters of The Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon is a massive national park. It is nearly the same size as Rhode Island at around 750,000 acres. In South-Central Idaho, the monument covers over 53,500 acres of lava flows and volcanic landforms on the Northern edge of the Snake River Plain. Although there aren’t many tours available here, there are many camping options.

While Craters of the Moon may appear barren, it is home to small desert rodents including bobcats, bats, foxes, owls, mountain lions, and nighthawks. The park’s animals will be active depending on the weather and the time of the day.

The direct drive from Salt Lake City to Craters of the Moon National Monument takes around 3h 4m through the US-26 W and I-15 N, covering a distance of 345 miles (555 km).

If you’re looking for a place to stay then head over to Pocatello which is the largest city in Southeast Idaho. It is an excellent starting point due to its convenient location at the junction of Highways 15 and 86. To secure a slot near the tourist centre, make sure to plan your stay accordingly.!

Things to do in Craters of The Moon National Monument
  • Explore the Craters of the Moon Center
  • Explore a Cave
  • Hike the Tree Molds Trail
  • Hike the Inferno Cone
  • Drive the Scenic Loop Road

Malheur National Forest

The Malheur National Forest is a secluded and stunning landscape located in Eastern Oregon’s Blue Mountains. Adventure awaits everyone with its 1.7 million acres of land, wilderness areas, lakes, streams, and hundreds of peaks.

Nearly every sort of camping is possible here, including developed campgrounds, backpacking, roadside camping, and RV camping. The Scenic Malheur Rivers as well as other noteworthy locations like the Cedar Grove Botanical Area can be reached by over 240 miles (386 km) of trails that are mostly in wilderness areas.

The direct drive from Idaho to Malheur National Forest takes around 6h 35m via I-84 W and US-20 W, covering a distance of 307.7 miles (495 km).

Things to do in Malheur National Forest
  • Explore Strawberry Mountain Wilderness
  • Explore Monument Rock Wilderness
  • Hike the Cedar Grove Botanical Trail
  • Visit Malheur River
  • Visit Magone Lake


Due to its spectacular evergreen forests, Seattle is frequently called the “Emerald City”. You’ll never run out of things to do and sights to see here. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, camping, kayaking, and even whale watching!

Seattle is also the largest city in Washington and is also home to major tech industries, including the corporate headquarters of Amazon and Microsoft. It is also famous for being the birthplace of Starbucks. It is guaranteed to be popular with coffee lovers, especially considering that there are reportedly close to 2,000 coffee shops spread out around the city.

The direct drive from Malheur National Forest to Seattle is around 7 hours and 40 minutes, travelling through (90 and E and 81 E.

This city is a great place to end your three weeks on west coast USAusa trip since it has many food and music festivals. Not only that, ski slopes are only a short trip away, and several locations in the city offer views of the massive Mount Rainier and the adjacent Olympic Mountains. Take a break from long drives and spend some time in the town, which has a ton of recreational activities and cocktail establishments.

Things to do in Salt Lake City
  • Day Trip to Mount Si
  • Visit Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • Visit Space Needle
  • Visit Sky View Observatory
  • Explore Pike Place Market
  • Explore Woodland Park Zoo
  • Explore the Museum of Flight
  • Stroll along Discovery Park


For those mixing flying and driving, after Zion National Park, it’s time to leave your car at St. George Regional Airport and take a flight to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from St. George Regional Airport (Utah) to Bozeman Yellowstone Airport. The shortest flight has one layover and takes around 4 hrs 30 mins.


Yellowstone National Park

3 weeks on west coast USA is not complete without visiting Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is an active volcano that many scientists always keep an eye on for the possibility of an eruption. Every year, there are 700-3,000 earthquakes caused by the volcano.

With its breathtaking peaks and crystal-clear lakes, Yellowstone National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Hot springs are surrounded by colourful pools, lush woods wind through wide-open meadows, and erratic geysers shoot streams of scorching water into the air. Expect to share the trails with year-round dwellers like elk, buffalo, and occasionally even grizzlies as you trek through this over 3,000-square miles landscape.

If you enjoy staying active while travelling, then this park is perfect for you since it offers limitless hiking opportunities. There are approximately 900 miles (1449 km) of trails in Yellowstone that can be travelled. Some treks are short and straightforward, while others are long and difficult, rising over 7,000 ft. above sea level.

It is recommended to rent a car in Bozeman to effectively explore the area. Make sure to book early to obtain the best rental car deal for your trip. Get lodging close to the Bozeman Airport to avoid traffic delays and to get a good night’s rest before your departure.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

  • Hike Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon
  • Visit Mammoth Hot Springs
  • Visit Old Faithful
  • Visit the Grand Prismatic Springs

Bridget-Teton National Forest

With 3.4 million acres, the Bridger-Teton National Forest is close to Grand Teton, National Elk Refuge, and Yellowstone. One of the many activities offered to visitors on the Bridger-Teton includes horseback riding, off-road vehicle tours, mountain biking, and rock climbing. In addition, the Bridger-Teton has three ski resorts, all of which provide thrilling downhill routes for snowboarders and skiers every winter.

Meanwhile, the 2,200 miles of trails for varying skill levels in the Bridger-Teton National Forest include 37 constructed campgrounds, and 34 marked trailheads, which are ideal for both novice and experienced hikers. If you have a hunting license from the Wyoming Department, you can even take advantage of the hunting opportunities.

The distance from Bozeman to Bridget-Teton National Forest is 190 miles (306 km) and takes around 4 hrs and 2 mins to travel during normal traffic.

Things to do in Bridget-Teton National Forest

  • Try Skiing and Snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art
  • Hike the Teston Crest Trail
  • Explore Jackson Town Square

Flight from Jackson Hole Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is about 2-6 hours depending on the connection.


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The West Coast is the ideal playground for people who are happiest outdoors. There is a lot to discover in this region of the United States, which offers breathtaking sceneries, music festivals, deserts, and abundant rivers.

Whether you’re interested in hiking the mountains, kayaking around mirror-effect lakes, or engaging in snow sports, the West Coast offers one of the greatest outdoor lifestyles in America. There will never be a dull moment during your 3 weeks on west Coast USA trip!



How many days do you need for a West Coast road trip? ›

Recommended Road Trip Length

It takes at least 12 hours to drive the Pacific Coast Highway. We recommend taking a minimum of 3 days to explore, and the trip can easily last 2 weeks with lots of stops along the way. What is this?

How can I spend 3 weeks in America? ›

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  3. Day 3 - San Francisco. Show details.
  4. Day 4 - San Francisco / Yosemite (196 miles) Show details.
  5. Day 5 - Yosemite. ...
  6. Day 6 - Yosemite / Mammoth Lakes (102 miles) ...
  7. Day 7 - Mammoth Lakes / Death Valley. ...
  8. Day 8 - Death Valley / Las Vegas (143 miles)

How long does it take to do the West Coast? ›

How Long Does it Take to Drive the West Coast of America? You can drive the whole of the West Coast of America in just under three weeks as per this itinerary. This does mean that you will be constantly moving and won't have time for any detours.

Can you do a cross country road trip in 3 weeks? ›

At minimum, you'll need a week for a cross-country road trip. Two weeks is better though. Two weeks allows you to drive for shorter distances and to take more time to enjoy the places you stop at. Three weeks is perfection!

Is it better to drive cross country during the week or weekend? ›

Overall, the statistics show weekend driving is more dangerous than driving during the week. That is likely because more people are on the road during non-rush hour times.

How much money do you need per day in USA? ›

How much money will you need for your trip to the United States of America? You should plan to spend around $225 per day on your vacation in the United States of America, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

How many days are sufficient for USA? ›

10 days is the perfect amount of time for a USA holiday itinerary, whether you want to relax on an island, bounce from city to city along the coast, or hike your way through some of America's finest mountain ranges, there's plenty to do for everyone.

How much spending money do you need for 2 weeks in America? ›

As a rough guide, budget between US$100 and US$250 per day for travel in the USA. On average, you should get by comfortably on the following daily budgets for spending money: Low budget: US$50-80 per person.

How many days do you need for West Coast Trail? ›

Hiking the West Coast Trail is difficult, even for experienced hikers." Most people will spend between 6 and 8 days in the backcountry, when travelling from end-to-end. There's also a mid-way entry point at Nitinaht Village, which can shorten your journey by a few days.

How much does it cost to travel the West Coast of America? ›

Generally speaking, the average daily budget for a road trip on the West Coast will be between $175 – $250 – this includes gas, a rental car, lodging, food, drink, and activities.

Why is the West Coast so popular? ›

The West Coast is internationally known for its endless stretches of beautiful beaches, countless tourist cities, and beautiful weather from top to bottom.

What is the best route to drive across America? ›

Route 66 may be the most iconic path for an east-to-west road trip. But the I-80 takes the crown as the best interstate travel route through the middle of the USA, passing 11 states and 2,902 miles.

What is the cheapest way to travel across America? ›

If you are looking for the cheapest way to travel around the US, you might consider traveling by bus. If your trip around the US is primarily focused on city hopping and is around one region, traveling by bus might be the best option. It is a cheaper option and easier too.

How many times a week should you train for cross-country? ›

Many of you desire to know “the secret” to becoming a great cross-country runner. The secret is very simple. YOU MUST RUN 6-7 DAYS A WEEK ON A CONSISTENT BASIS. The big question then is how many minutes/miles should you run per week?

What are the worst days travel by car? ›

In general, two days before Christmas and two days after Christmas are traditionally the worst travel days of the year and should be avoided if possible.

What is the safest day of the week to travel by car? ›

Best Day of the Week to Start a Road Trip

In terms of safety, Tuesday is statistically the safest day of the week to drive and is a great day to start your road trip. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tuesday has the fewest traffic fatalities.

How many times should I drive a week? ›

Not necessarily: We recommend driving every two to three weeks to make it less likely that you wind up with a dead battery, flat-spotted tires or other issues that can be caused by letting a car sit parked for weeks. Related: How Long Do Tires Last?

What food is the west coast famous for? ›

8 Dishes that Prove the West Coast is the Best Coast
  • Blackfish, at Tulalip Resort Casino. Pacific Northwest Heritage Salmon. ...
  • California Burrito Taco Shop. Southern California Carne Asada Burrito. ...
  • Kona Kitchen. Hawaiian plate lunch. ...
  • Sea Wolf Bakers. ...
  • FlintCreek Cattle Company. ...
  • Westward. ...
  • Herfy's Burgers. ...
  • Barney's Pastrami.
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How much is a normal meal in USA? ›

Prices in restaurants in United States.
Meal in a cheap restaurant15 USD (9.00-30)
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course60 USD (40-105)
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)8.00 USD (7.00-12)
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)5.00 USD (3.00-8.00)
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)6.00 USD (4.00-9.00)
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Is it cheaper to live in USA or UK? ›

The average cost of living in the United Kingdom ($1804) is 15% less expensive than in the United States ($2112). the United Kingdom ranked 16th vs 6th for the United States in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

Should I bring cash to America? ›

Here's what the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website writes: “It is legal to transport any amount of currency or monetary instruments into or out of the United States,” But anyone carrying more than $10,000 must declare the amount by filing a Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary ...

How can I go USA easily? ›

Essential Steps to Get an Immigrant Visa
  1. In most cases, someone must sponsor you or file an immigrant petition for you.
  2. Wait until the petition is approved and a visa is available in your category. Then apply for an immigrant visa. ...
  3. Get a medical examination.
  4. Go to an interview.
  5. Wait for a decision on your application.
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What to know before visiting the USA? ›

12 Essential Things to Know Before Traveling To The USA
  • You Need a Tourist Visa or ESTA to Enter the USA. ...
  • Check Your Passport's Validity. ...
  • Understand the US' Tipping Culture. ...
  • The United States is Much Bigger than You Think. ...
  • Don't Miss Visiting at Least One National Park. ...
  • Plan Your USA Itinerary Accordingly.
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How can I spend 15 days in USA? ›

Itinerary: 15 days in the USA from the East to the West Coast
  1. 3 days in New York. ...
  2. 1 dat in Laguna Beach. ...
  3. 1 day in San Diego. ...
  4. 1 day in Disneyland & California Adventure. ...
  5. 1 day Malibù & Santa Barbara. ...
  6. 2 days in San Francisco. ...
  7. 1 day Yosemite National Park.
7 Feb 2020

How much money should I bring to California for a week? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to California is $1,389 for a solo traveler, $2,080 for a couple, and $4,562 for a family of 4. California hotels range from $75 to $334 per night with an average of $116, while most vacation rentals will cost $200 to $680 per night for the entire home.

How much money do you need to live a normal life in USA? ›

In a 2021 modern wealth survey, Americans told Charles Schwab that they need an average net worth of $934,000 to be financially comfortable. Another survey by Personal Capital says that Americans believe that they need to save an average of $516,000 to maintain financial health.

How much do you need to survive a month in the US? ›

Again, living expenses vary significantly by location, but we can use some average numbers. The average monthly living expenses for a single person in the USA are $3,189, which is $38,266 per year. The average cost for a family of four is $7,095 per month, which is $85,139 per year.

Which end should I start West Coast Trail? ›

There are three different places to start the West Coast Trail: In the north at Pachena Bay near Bamfield, in the south at Gordon River near Port Renfrew, and in the middle at Nitinaht Narrows. (If you start in the middle at Nitinaht you can hike either north or south from there, or double back and do both.)

How much does food cost on the West Coast Trail? ›

A reasonable goal is 1.5 to 2.5 lbs. of food (or 2,500 to 4,500 calories) per person each day depending on size, weight and exertion levels. At the same time, a common mistake is to pack too much food, forcing you to carry unwanted bulk and weight. Experience will teach you what amount of food works for you.

Is the West Coast Trail worth it? ›

On the whole, the West Coast Trail is definitely worth having good quality gear for, even if it costs a little extra.

What is the best time to visit the West Coast of America? ›

The best time to visit West Coast USA is September-November

This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more. In summer, the daytime temperatures in central Los Angeles, West Coast USA can reach a top of 30℃ (87℉).

What is the best scenic drives on the West Coast? ›

Whether you drive a supercar or a pickup truck, here are a few scenic routes along the West Coast that are surely worth the drive.
  • CA-1 to Big Sur. ...
  • Lake Tahoe. ...
  • San Francisco to Sonoma. ...
  • Avenue of the Giants. ...
  • Gold Beach to Brookings. ...
  • Otter Crest Loop. ...
  • Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. ...
  • Whidbey Scenic Isle Way. State: Washington.
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What is the cheapest month to visit California? ›

Best Time to Visit California for Cheap

Crowds and prices drop for a cheaper California vacation on the coast and in the mountains in the shoulder season (April – May, and mid-September – October). Along the coast, rates drop even further in the winter season from November to March.

Why do people love the West Coast? ›

The west coast is the place to find the best adventures in the country. From the most dangerous hiking trails to amazing surfing, fishing, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, roller coaster rides, and wilderness camping, there's no limit to what one can experience here.

What is special about West Coast? ›

The West Coast is memorable for its mountain peaks, massive glaciers, bizarre limestone landscapes, mysterious lakes and raging rivers, lush rainforest and a magnificent, wild coastline.

What is a West Coast accent? ›

Its primary characteristics are: The merger of words sounding like cot and caught (they're pronounced the same) The fronting of /uw/, as in boot but not /ow/, as in boat. No monophthongization of /ay/, as in ride.

What is the best month to drive cross-country? ›

The off-peak seasons of spring and fall tend to be the best times to drive, providing mild temperatures and perfect weather for both sight-seeing and cruising. However, to avoid pitfalls, check the weather daily during your cross-country road trip.

Is it cheaper to fly or drive across America? ›

For the shortest trip, driving is more economical than flying. But for the longer cross-country trip, flying is far cheaper. And keep in mind that this only considers solo drivers. Families or friends traveling in one vehicle can save money by driving, even on longer routes.

How do I prepare for driving across the US? ›

10 Road Trip Tips for Driving Across the Country
  1. Plan your route. First, plan the cross-country route that you wish to take. ...
  2. Create a budget. ...
  3. Prep your car. ...
  4. Bring a cooler. ...
  5. Prepare a playlist or download podcasts. ...
  6. Make hotel arrangements in advance. ...
  7. Time your drive well. ...
  8. Use packing cubes to maximize space in your suitcase.
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How much money do I need to travel America? ›

How much does it cost to travel in the US? In summary, you should look to budget between $75 and $300 per person per day for travel in the USA. This amount will vary depending on your travel style, where in the US you travel, and which sights you want to see.

What is the cheapest place to fly to in America? ›

The Cheapest Airport To Fly Into In The United States
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First PlacePortland International Airport (PDX)Search Flights To Portland
Second PlaceDenver International Airport (DEN)Search Flights To Denver
Third PlaceTampa International Airport (TPA)Search Flights To Tampa
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How can I stay in America cheaply? ›

When visiting a destinations in the USA it is also always cheaper to stay outside of the main tourist hotspots. If you are visiting NYC, for example, you might find it more affordable to stay outside of Manhattan.
7. Choose Accommodation Carefully
  • Hotels.
  • Vacation Homes.
  • Villas.
  • Resorts.
  • Spare Rooms.
  • Hostels.

Does walking count as cross-training? ›

Cross-training refers to any form of exercise other than running, such as hiking, walking, cycling, swimming, aqua jogging, rowing, rollerblading, cross-country skiing, lifting weights, yoga, Pilates, dancing, martial arts, boxing, and using elliptical trainers or stair steppers.

What is the fastest way to get in shape for XC? ›

Hill Training. One of the best ways cross country runners can improve their strength, speed, and confidence is by running hills. Most cross country race courses feature some inclines, so running hills in training will also help you sharpen your racing skills.

How many days do you need to road trip California? ›

You could definitely do a great California road trip in 7 days, but ideally I'd give yourself at least 10 days. We did this particular route over multiple visits. One time, we did a Pacific Coast Highway road trip from San Francisco down to San Diego over four weeks.

How many days should a road trip be? ›

The perfect amount of time to spend on a road trip completely depends on where it is you're travelling to, but anywhere from one week to ten days is usually ideal for most destinations.

Is 5 days enough for California? ›

In just five days, you can experience California's two most famous cities and its biggest natural attraction (but you'll be doing a lot of driving). Make it a full week and you'll have enough time for a coastal drive along Big Sur.

How many days does it take to drive from coast to coast? ›

It takes about 45 hours, or six 8-hour days, to drive coast-to-coast. You will need to decide if you want to take one of four coast-to-coast interstates or traverse the country as the old-timers did on U.S. highways. If you have about three months to travel, you can even see all 48 continental states.

How much money do you need to visit California for a week? ›

The average price of a 7-day trip to California is $1,389 for a solo traveler, $2,080 for a couple, and $4,562 for a family of 4. California hotels range from $75 to $334 per night with an average of $116, while most vacation rentals will cost $200 to $680 per night for the entire home.

Is 3 days enough in California? ›

The short answer is yes, 3 days in LA will give you enough time to see a ton of the city as you will find in the itinerary below. However, I would say that 3 days should be the minimum amount of time you spend in LA.

How many days in Los Angeles is enough? ›

How much time should I spend in LA? Let me start by saying that LA is a HUGE city and the landmarks are spread apart from each other. Ideally, you should try to spend 5-7 days here if you don't want to be rushed and want to see everything.

Is 2 weeks enough for a road trip? ›

With two weeks, you barely have enough time to get across the country and back, and you won't have time to see anything along the way. Most everyone here is going to advise against doing this.

Is a 2 week trip too long? ›

How Long Is Too Long For A Vacation? Just over a week is the optimal duration for a vacation as the benefits associated with vacationing start tapering off after the eight-day. After two weeks, not only does the vacation become less enjoyable, and stress can accumulate. So, 2 weeks is too long for a vacation.

Are long trips better for your car? ›

Are long distance drives bad for your car? A long-distance drive is not bad for your car provided you have serviced your vehicle and have sufficient engine lubrication, coolant, water, and fuel. Short-distance road trips involving frequent acceleration and lower speeds actually generate more wear on engine components.

How much money do you need a day in California? ›

In total, expect your average California trip cost to be about $95-155 per person per day if you want to visit on a budget. While there are certainly ways that you can cut down on costs and not spend that much, this is the budget to stick to if you want to cut costs in some ways and splurge in others.

How much money do you need for 2 weeks in LA? ›

A vacation to Los Angeles for one week usually costs around $1,422 for one person. So, a trip to Los Angeles for two people costs around $2,844 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $5,689 in Los Angeles.

What is the best time of year to drive across America? ›

The off-peak seasons of spring and fall tend to be the best times to drive, providing mild temperatures and perfect weather for both sight-seeing and cruising. However, to avoid pitfalls, check the weather daily during your cross-country road trip.

How can I travel cheap in USA? ›

25 Cheapest Ways to Travel in The USA on a Budget
  1. Consider renting a car instead of driving on your own or go for a driveway.
  2. Try investing in a train pass. ...
  3. Consider traveling by bus. ...
  4. Try signing up for discounts. ...
  5. Use a travel credit card. ...
  6. Consider dining downstairs. ...
  7. Buy your own groceries. ...
  8. Get food to go.


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