14 days in West Coast Itinerary

14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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14 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Museum of Flight and Glasshouse Studio. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Lower Big Quilcene Trail in Olympic National Park--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, wander the streets of Pioneer Square, admire the landmark architecture of King Street Station, and take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

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Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Seattle is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Detroit in July, Seattle is slightly colder at night with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lower Big Quilcene Trail
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

1
night
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then stroll through Sand Harbor.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe tour itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, South Lake Tahoe is little chillier at night with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sand Harbor, Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online visit planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
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.
Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
On the 15th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Oak Canyon Nature Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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