16 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

16 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

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16 days in California & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Dublin

4
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.
Getty Center The Publications and Santa Monica Pier are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with a short trip to Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim (about 40 minutes away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planning site .

Dublin, Ireland to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Los Angeles is minus 8 hours. In May, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Dublin - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Attractions like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. Pack the 11th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park and stroll through Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip builder tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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. On the 12th (Sat), stop by The Cheese Shop and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 21°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. Attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach--about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Baker Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Glasshouse-Studio, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and then look for gifts at The Elliott Bay Book Company. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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