14 days in West Coast Itinerary

14 days in West Coast Itinerary

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14 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
+2
bus + Fly + subway:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Calistoga
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and SoMa. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary maker site .

Valletta, Malta to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and subway. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Valletta to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Valletta in October, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

3
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Del Mar Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, wander the streets of Ocean Avenue, stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach, and kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel vacation builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
nights
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 8th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Simeon day trip planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in October: highs in San Simeon hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Calistoga tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from San Simeon to Calistoga by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and subway. In October, daily temperatures in Calistoga can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Calistoga

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Gracianna Winery, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): learn the secrets of production at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, and then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Seattle online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Calistoga to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Calistoga in October, you will find days in Seattle are slightly colder (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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