15 days in West Coast & Memphis Itinerary

15 days in West Coast & Memphis Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
6
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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.
Head to Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studiofor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pike Place Market and Washington State History Museum. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Pioneer Square, explore the wide array of goods at Nordstrom, and admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle road trip planning website .

Washington DC to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Seattle are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Washington State History Museum
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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take a tour of USS Pampanito.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation planner.

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get great views at Washburn Point, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then get interesting insight from Tours. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (46°F), and nights are much colder (14°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Avila Adobe. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, and examine the collection at GRAMMY Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

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 December, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears, then see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and then examine the collection at Mingei International Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Sultana Disaster Museum and then see the interesting displays at Graceland.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from San Diego to Memphis in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to Memphis, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect Memphis to be a bit cooler, temps between 55°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sultana Disaster Museum
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

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