12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Barcelona

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Barcelona to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. November in San Francisco sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
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 19th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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 outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. Spend the 22nd (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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 November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

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 23rd (Sat): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thien Hau Temple.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and then stroll through Children's Pool.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego attractions planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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