12 days in West Coast Itinerary

12 days in West Coast Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  2 h 45 min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  7 h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: Vancouver

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, then examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, and finally walk around Kerry Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seattle online travel route planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, get engrossed in the history at Seaside Museum & Historical Society, then stroll through Astoria Column, and finally see the interesting displays at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Seaside Inverted Experience, then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cannon Beach online trip planner .

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Astoria, Seaside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Walt Disney Family Museum and Cable Car Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Presidio of San Francisco and Legion of Honor. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Cannon Beach in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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 30th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal and then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle.

Discover how to plan a San Simeon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, San Simeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Dante's View and then cruise along Artists Dr.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Death Valley National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in December: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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 2nd (Thu): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

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

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