21 days in West Coast Itinerary

21 days in West Coast Itinerary

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21 days in West Coast Itinerary

Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Brisbane

4
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, stroll through Sunset Cliffs, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner

Brisbane, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in July, with highs in San Diego at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco planner

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park route planning tool

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 a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Zuma Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hermosa Beach Pier and Santa Monica Beach. Pack the 15th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, admire the majestic nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions planner

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for much hotter nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Beach, Zuma Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

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