13 days in West Coast Itinerary

13 days in West Coast Itinerary

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13 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Healdsburg (Wine Tours & Tastings & Stephen & Walker Winery) and VJB Cellars (in Kenwood). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online road trip planner .

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Francisco. In March, San Francisco is a bit warmer than London - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Healdsburg, VJB Cellars, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars

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 11th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then kick back and relax at Lovers Point, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Carmel sightseeing planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, stop by Sebastian General Store, and then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon online road trip planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

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 14th (Sat): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Los Angeles trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Newport Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Seal Beach
Highlights from your plan
Seal Beach ©
Seal Beach
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Shores Park and Windansea Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Coronado Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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