12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Fly
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus to Reno, Fly to Seattle, Bus to Olympic National Park
4
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Seattle, Fly to Chicago O'Hare

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2
nights
San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Coit Tower. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Safari West in Santa Rosa, about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planner.

Chicago to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Alcatraz Island ©
Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7
Marin Headlands ©
Must see
Marin Headlands
4.9

2
nights
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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Garrapata State Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Point Lobos ©
Must see
Point Lobos
4.9
Garrapata State Park ©
State Park
Garrapata State Park
4.7

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Tioga Pass and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip
Yosemite Falls ©
Must see
Yosemite Falls
4.7
Glacier Point ©
Must see
Glacier Point
4.9
Sentinel Dome ©
Must see
Sentinel Dome
4.9

3
nights
Olympic National Park

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Merriman Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, and then Head underground at Tree Root Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bunch Creek Falls, then trek along Kalaloch Beach Trail 4, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Olympic National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 53°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Ruby Beach ©
Must see
Ruby Beach
4.8
Kalaloch Beach Trail 4 ©
Hiking Trail
Kalaloch Beach Trail 4
4.2

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