16 days in West Coast Itinerary

16 days in West Coast Itinerary

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16 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  7​h
6
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, and get great views at Washburn Point.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes vacation planner .

Indianapolis to Mammoth Lakes is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mammoth Lakes when traveling from Indianapolis in December, with lows around 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In December, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than Mammoth Lakes - with highs of 56°F and lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, and then trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then view the masterpieces at Amphora Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Simeon travel tool .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in December: highs in San Simeon hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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 26th (Thu): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find out how to plan a trip to Carmel, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from San Simeon in December, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
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 Muir Woods National Monument. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento--about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, take a tour of USS Pampanito, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

California State Railroad Museum, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 31st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and then immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Cannon Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Cannon Beach to be little chillier, temps between 49°F and 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): shop like a local with Glasshouse Studio, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

Plan trip to Seattle with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December in Seattle, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

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

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