13 days in West Coast & Taos Itinerary

13 days in West Coast & Taos Itinerary

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Palm Springs
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Taos
— 2 nights

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Motif.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Palm Springs holiday planning site.

New York City to Palm Springs is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Palm Springs is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, expect nights in Palm Springs to be a bit warmer, around 81°F, while days are much warmer, around 107°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 · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
St. Theresa Church ©
St. Theresa Church

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

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): brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, examine the collection 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.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip site.

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

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Hollywood Bowl Museum ©
Hollywood Bowl Museum

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 24th (Wed), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Monterey travel tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to Monterey by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, Monterey is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Exploratorium and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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

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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.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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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): snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, admire the masterpieces 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. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Tesuque Glassworks, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, and finally explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Yosemite National Park to Taos takes 36 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Taos. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Taos, with lows of 52°F. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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