15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

London
Fly:  12​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
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bus + foot + shuttle + Fly:  16​h 45​min
London

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the galleries of Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Seattle itinerary maker.

London, UK to Seattle is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from London in August: highs in Seattle hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation builder.

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
days
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Olmsted Point. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online itinerary creator.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
day
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 18th (Sat), kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon custom trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Simeon hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos State Reserve and Monterey Bay. Get in touch with nature at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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