18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast route planner

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip app.

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip site.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, trek along North Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

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: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

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.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, then take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Seattle, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Tours
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