15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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15 days in West Coast Itinerary

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Twin Peaks and The Embarcadero. Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and wander the streets of Pacific Heights.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online vacation planner .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 71°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
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 Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll through Point Lobos State Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego sightseeing planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in July, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 77°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Portland holiday planning app .

You can fly from San Diego to Portland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect nights in Portland to be a bit cooler, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seattle route maker website .

Getting from Portland to Seattle by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Seattle sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

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