14 days in West Coast Itinerary

14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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14 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  18​h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Mount Shasta
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Badwater Basin and then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip maker tool .

London, UK to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in January: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

2
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hearst Castle and Epoch Estate Wines. Visiting Elephant Seal Rookery and Morro Rock will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paso Robles: Black Hill Trail (in Morro Bay) and Moonstone Beach (in Cambria). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at San Marcos Creek Vineyard.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paso Robles online attractions planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Paso Robles by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. January in Paso Robles sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Moonstone Beach, Epoch Estate Wines
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then learn about winemaking at Joyce Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Cima Collina.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carmel travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Paso Robles in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Joyce Vineyards ©
Joyce Vineyards

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Thu), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and then hit the slopes at Mt Shasta Ski Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mount Shasta day trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Mount Shasta. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Mount Shasta to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Curry Village Ice Rink. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Tunnel View, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Shasta to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Mount Shasta in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -12°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

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