17 days in West Coast Itinerary

17 days in West Coast Itinerary

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17 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 30 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 6th (Wed): step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, then examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in March, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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 8th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stop by Elliott Bay Book Company, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, and finally find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seattle road trip planning tool .

Getting from San Diego to Seattle by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in March, with highs in Seattle at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in March, things will get somewhat warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
On the 15th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 16th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, stroll through Curry Village Ice Rink, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 13°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

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