12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  9​h
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Glasgow

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): wander the streets of Pioneer Square.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip maker website .

Glasgow, UK to Seattle is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Glasgow to Seattle, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, get a taste of the local shopping with Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and finally shop like a local with Cambria Nursery & Florist. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Simeon day trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to San Simeon in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in January: highs in San Simeon hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
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 9th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row Antique Mall, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel itinerary planning tool .

Getting from San Simeon to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Simeon in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Monterey
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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 11th (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and finally wander the streets of Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Naples Beach, kick back and relax at Cowell Ranch State Beach, and then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

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Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Half Moon Bay
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach, then get some fabulous bargains at Camarillo Premium Outlets, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano and then enjoy the sand and surf at Crystal Cove.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Crystal Cove, El Matador State Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

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