13 days in West Coast & Taos Itinerary

13 days in West Coast & Taos Itinerary

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13 days in West Coast & Taos Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
Taos
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 20th (Sat), look for gifts at Motif.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs day trip app .

New York City to Palm Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in Palm Springs hover around 107°F, while lows dip to 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
St. Theresa Church ©
St. Theresa Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Getty Center, then see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, then learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in July, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monterey sightseeing planning app .

Fly from Los Angeles to Monterey in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 69°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 26th (Fri), snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip 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 July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, then see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Tesuque Glass Works, explore the galleries of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then explore and take pictures at High Road to Taos, and finally take a stroll through Taos Pueblo.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Taos visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Taos in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Taos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Taos is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 52°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Tesuque Glassworks
Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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