17 days in West Coast Itinerary

17 days in West Coast Itinerary

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17 days in West Coast Itinerary

London
Fly:  14​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
+3
train + Fly + tram + bus:  7​h 30​min
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
London

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from London in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

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Point Isabel
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
China Beach ©
China Beach
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tioga Pass and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Wawona Meadow, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

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#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as 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 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Diego.

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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then stroll through Children's Pool.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In September, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 31°C and lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
days
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.
On the 12th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Watts Towers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hermosa Beach Pier.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles journey builder tool .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

2
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Cannon Beach, then indulge your taste buds at Seaside Candyman, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Los Angeles to Cannon Beach in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Cannon Beach reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

Seaside Candyman
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Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Seaside Candyman ©
Seaside Candyman

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Seattle visit planning tool .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In September in Seattle, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Shopping, #Parks, #Neighborhoods
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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