18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Exploratorium, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation planner.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to San Francisco is minus 8 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 19:

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tallac Historic Site and Genoa Cemetery. Get outdoors at Pope Beach and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Mt. Tallac Trail, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe driving holiday planner.

Fly from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 22nd (Thu), find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, cruise along West Cliff Drive, then visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and then kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be a bit warmer, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cannery Row and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

San Luis Obispo

— 1 night
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for gifts at Old Mission Gift Shop and Museum and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo road trip planning site.

Getting from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a memorable drive along State Street Underpass, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Douglas Family Preserve.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara visit site.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Santa Monica

— 4 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Appreciate the collections at Annenberg Community Beach House and Revolver Gallery. Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Carbon Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with a short trip to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Bay, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31: