12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Kharkiv
Fly + Drive:  30​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Kharkiv

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip site .

Kharkiv, Ukraine to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 30-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. When traveling from Kharkiv in October, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 11th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

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Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in San Simeon, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Simeon in October: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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 14th (Mon): make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and finally wander the streets of SoMa.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Sentinel Dome and Tioga Pass. Step off the beaten path and head to El Capitan and Taft Point. The adventure continues: get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Washburn Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

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 flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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