14 days in West Coast Itinerary

14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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14 days in West Coast Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
New York City

2
days
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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then make a trip to Seattle Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll, and finally take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Seattle travel itinerary creator.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from New York City to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 62°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and catch a ride on Cable Cars.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco vacation trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 73°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park custom trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 29°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
Santa Monica

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and then examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Monica vacation builder.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Monica, with highs around 76°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Getty Center The Publications
Highlights from your plan
Getty Center The Publications
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Farmers Market

2
days
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 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs and then stroll through San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego vacation builder.

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in San Diego are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument

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