18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

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18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then go for a walk through Wintler Community Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary tool .

London, UK to Portland is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. October in Portland sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Wintler Community Park, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Wintler Community Park ©
Wintler Community Park
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): hike along Redwood National Park.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Redwood National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Portland to Redwood National Park in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In October, daytime highs in Redwood National Park are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

#Outdoors, #Nature, #Parks

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Relax by the water at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Redwood National Park in October, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, then get a taste of the local shopping with Yosemite Museum Gallery, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 12th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then trek along Point Lobos.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Carmel trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for much warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Casa de Estudillo. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel route builder app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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