10 days in West Coast Itinerary

10 days in West Coast Itinerary

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10 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  10​h 45​min
1
Yachats
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Napa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Detroit

2
nights
Yachats

Yachats ©
Yachats is a small coastal city in Lincoln County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint, then explore the striking landscape at Thor's Well, then take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, and finally take in the waterfront at Yachats coastline. On your second day here, Head underground at Sea Lion Caves, stroll through Heceta Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Smelt Sands State Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yachats trip maker .

Detroit to Yachats is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Yachats, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Detroit in September: high temperatures in Yachats hover around 64°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yachats

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Florence
Highlights from your plan
Heceta Beach ©
Heceta Beach
Heceta Head Lighthouse ©
Heceta Head Lighthouse

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yachats to San Francisco in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Yachats - with highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, then do a tasting at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Domaine Carneros.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Napa route planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Napa dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Domaine Carneros ©
Domaine Carneros
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery

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 20th (Fri), cruise along 17-Mile Drive, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning site .

Getting from Napa to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in September, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

17-Mile Drive, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Tioga Pass, then trek along Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 38°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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