12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Chico
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Portland
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h
7
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online driving holiday planner .

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, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 71°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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 26th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 28th (Sun), examine the collection at de Young Museum, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then make a trip to Book Passage, then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Chico.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Chico

Chico ©
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bidwell Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Chico online trip builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Chico in 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in April, expect nights in Chico to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Portland.

Things to do in Chico

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bidwell Park ©
Bidwell Park

1
day
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 1st (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, get outside with Portland Timbers, then stop by Powell's City of Books, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland visit planning app .

Explore your travel options from Chico to Portland with the Route module. Traveling from Chico in May, things will get a bit cooler in Portland: highs are around 70°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Lan Su Chinese Garden ©
Lan Su Chinese Garden

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip website .

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Seattle, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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