10 days in West Coast Itinerary

10 days in West Coast Itinerary

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10 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Wed), kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planning website .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in April, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): do a tasting at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at Far Niente Winery, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena route planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in April since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Oakville, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Far Niente Winery ©
Far Niente Winery

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Union Square, then take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and finally take a stroll through SoMa.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip site .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in April, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
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 22nd (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. April in Carmel sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Scenic Road Walkway ©
Scenic Road Walkway

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail and Valley View. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pohono Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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