15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast vacation maker

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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Museum of Flight and Museum of Pop Culture. Attractions like Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Chihuly Garden and Glass make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Dresden, Germany to Seattle is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In July in Seattle, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can fly to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Portland

— 3 nights

City of Roses

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.
Kids will enjoy Haystack Rock and International Rose Test Garden. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Oregon Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Cannon Beach (in Cannon Beach). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books and take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Portland trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Seattle to Portland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 5th (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, go for a walk through Lombard Street, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planner.

You can fly from Portland to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Portland in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Half Dome and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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