20 days in West Coast Itinerary

20 days in West Coast Itinerary

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20 days in West Coast Itinerary

London
Fly + bus + taxi:  22​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 45​min
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
bus + tram + Fly:  16​h 45​min
London

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Take a break from the city and head to Sentinel Dome and Tuolumne Meadows. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and hike along Wawona Meadow.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

London, UK to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from London to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park

2
days
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 12th (Fri), do a tasting at Rotta Winery, then do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Jack Creek Cellars and then identify plant and animal life at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon vacation planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in San Simeon, with highs around 18°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Templeton, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve
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Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room ©
Peachy Canyon Winery Tasting Room
Rotta Winery ©
Rotta Winery
Jack Creek Cellars ©
Jack Creek Cellars

2
days
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Coast Gallery Big Sur, trek along Partington Cove, then admire the majestic nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Point Sur State Historic Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip maker site .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Big Sur takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in October, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and Lovers Point. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natural Bridges State Beach and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. There's more to do: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links and grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker site .

You can drive from Big Sur to Carmel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Natural Bridges State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
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Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Safari West will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Limantour Beach and China Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you're off toCannon Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Safari West, Limantour Beach
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Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West

2
days
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 23rd (Tue), hike along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, then pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column, and then stroll through The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect Cannon Beach to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Astoria
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

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