24 days in West Coast Itinerary

24 days in West Coast Itinerary

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24 days in West Coast Itinerary

Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus + taxi:  9​h
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
Melbourne

5
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit La Brea Tar Pits & Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles for their historical value. Let the collections at Getty Center The Publications and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County capture your imagination. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stop by Amoeba Music, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Sightseeing Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Getty Center The Publications
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Griffith Observatory

3
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. There's more to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in December, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Get a sense of the local culture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, trek along Panorama Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from San Diego to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 7°C and lows at -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

5
days
San Francisco

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 Twin Peaks. Get a sense of the local culture at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then admire the striking features of Space Needle, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at The Elliott Bay Book Company, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pioneer Square, and then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Seattle to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight

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