14 days in West Coast Itinerary

14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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14 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
St. Helena
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
7
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
San Simeon
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
9
Channel Islands National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h
10
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Norfolk

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): kick back and relax at Baker Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Norfolk to San Francisco is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Norfolk to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 12th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park online travel planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Redwood National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in April, with highs in Redwood National Park at 59°F and lows at 44°F. You'll set off for St. Helena on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Trails Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

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hours
St. Helena

St. Helena
The city of St.
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to St. Helena takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Redwood National Park in April, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). You'll set off for Carmel on the 13th (Sat).

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

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. On the 14th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning website .

You can drive from St. Helena to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and flight. When traveling from St. Helena in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hearst Castle, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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hours
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Half Moon Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Half Moon Bay, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 46°F. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach and then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planning app .

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Big Sur in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In April in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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 16th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Fly from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sur in April; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 75°F and lows reach 56°F. You will leave for San Simeon on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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hours
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.
To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon day trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Los Angeles in April, with lows around 43°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Channel Islands National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature

1
day
Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park ©
The coast of Southern California might be one of the most densely populated areas of the United States, but a quick hop out to Channel Islands National Park provides a picture of coastal living in the region before human development.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): head off the coast to Santa Cruz Island.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Channel Islands National Park trip builder website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Simeon to Channel Islands National Park. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Channel Islands National Park: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Channel Islands National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Island ©
Santa Cruz Island

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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.
On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Embarcadero, admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Channel Islands National Park to San Diego. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Channel Islands National Park in April since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 58°F. You will leave for home on the 22nd (Mon).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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