17 days in West Coast Itinerary

17 days in West Coast Itinerary

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17 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  18​h
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Tram + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Museum of History & Industry. Let the collections at The Museum of Flight and Nordic Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Seahurst Beach Park in Burien (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and explore the activities along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle online driving holiday planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Seattle is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Istanbul to Seattle. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Istanbul in July, with highs in Seattle at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Seahurst Beach Park
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

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 18th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, then explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach travel route planner .

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect Cannon Beach to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mission Beach Park, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego holiday planner .

Getting from Cannon Beach to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cannon Beach in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, then examine the collection at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route builder website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
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 24th (Wed), trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect cooler with lows of 9°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the galleries of USS Pampanito, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point.

To see photos and tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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