15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Bournemouth
train + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  19​h
End: Bournemouth

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 1st (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture and then get behind the scenes at Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle route maker website .

Bournemouth, UK to Seattle is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Bournemouth to Seattle is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bournemouth in July; daily highs in Seattle reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Boeing Future of Flight
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castello di Amorosa and Bodega Dunes. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Change things up with a short trip to V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

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Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in July, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, V. Sattui Winery
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

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You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Monterey Bay and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 1 hour away. Spend the 10th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey route planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in July: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Get outdoors at Bridalveil Fall and Bodie State Historic Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Lee Vining and see Mono Lake County Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get great views at Tunnel View and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

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Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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