11 days in West Coast Itinerary

11 days in West Coast Itinerary

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11 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass and then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seattle route maker website .

Washington DC to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Seattle is minus 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Seattle are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, have fun and explore at Portland Children's Museum, then trek along Forest Park, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Portland holiday planner .

Getting from Seattle to Portland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Portland, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Portland Children's Museum ©
Portland Children's Museum
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Forest Park ©
Forest Park

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, and finally contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

To see where to stay and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Portland in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
On the 25th (Wed), hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Curry Village Ice Rink, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally hike along May Lake Trailhead.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 14°F, while days are little chillier, around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through El Pueblo de Los Angeles, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route planning website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 69°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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.
On the 29th (Sun), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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