15 days in West Coast Itinerary

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

15 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Norfolk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 12th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Norfolk to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Norfolk, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 67°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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. On the 17th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Cannery Row, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Carmel vacation planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April in Carmel, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cannery Row, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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 Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip website .

Fly from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In April, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of San Diego Bay Walk, then steep yourself in history at Marston House Museum, and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, then pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in San Diego are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

Similar Plans

17 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM INDIA March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in West Coast & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA January, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, fast-paced, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM POLAND September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM ITALY April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans