16 days in West Coast Itinerary

16 days in West Coast Itinerary

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16 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
bus + Fly + tram + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  7​h
2
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, then admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. On your second day here, stroll through Rockaway Beach Wayside, then admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach trip maker .

New York City to Cannon Beach is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Cannon Beach due to the time zone difference. In September, Cannon Beach is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 69°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach Wayside
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Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and finally stroll through China Beach. On your second day here, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Cannon Beach in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Marshall’s Beach ©
Marshall’s Beach

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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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, then stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel visit planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September in Carmel, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 22nd (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and trek along North Dome.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in September, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
North Dome ©
North Dome

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Del Rey Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 66°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Black's Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Diego itinerary website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are little chillier, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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