14 days in West Coast Itinerary

14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), stroll through Alki Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle day trip site .

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Seattle is minus 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Seattle at 63°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

#Shopping, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chukar Cherries ©
Chukar Cherries

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, look for gifts at Vital Tea Leaf, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in October, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 56°F. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
China Beach ©
China Beach

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Tioga Pass and then stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 29°F at night. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and get a taste of the local shopping with Guitar Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 82°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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nights
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 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Black's Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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