17 days in West Coast Itinerary

17 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
Drive
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Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive
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Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Fly

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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Rancho Palos Verdes and see Wayfarers Chapel, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and enjoy some diversion at California Science Center.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major aiports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport, San Bernardino International Airport and Edwards Air Force Base. In July, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about all things military at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara journey planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in July; daily highs in Santa Barbara reach 28°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums · Wildlife

Pismo Beach

— 1 night
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Pismo Beach are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 15th (Mon).

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach.

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You can drive from Pismo Beach to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in July, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping

Carmel

— 1 night
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 15th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Carmel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Carmel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lands End and Stinson Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Calistoga

— 1 night
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 19th (Fri), do a tasting at Moone Tsai Winery, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Madrigal Family Winery, then learn about winemaking at Von Strasser Family of Wines, and finally do a tasting at Laura Michael Wines - Zahtila Vineyards.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Calistoga day trip site.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Calistoga, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries

Side Trip

Truckee

— 2 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and then kick back and relax at Sand Harbor. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at KidZone Museum, then learn about winemaking at Truckee River Winery, then trek along Tahoe Meadows Trail, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Cove Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Truckee tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Truckee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Calistoga in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Truckee. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Cloud's Rest. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route planning site.

Explore your travel options from Truckee to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 43°C and lows at 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks

Napa Valley travel guide

4.3
Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · Castles
Thanks to a Mediterranean climate and idyllic location in Northern California, Napa Valley is one of the top wine producing regions in the world. This, coupled with the area's breathtaking scenery, abundance of quaint B&Bs, and exquisite local gastronomy, makes Napa Valley one of the country's most popular spots for peaceful weekends and romantic getaways. While wine tasting and vineyard tours are the traditional things to do, the region offers a variety of other attractions, including hot air balloon rides, spa treatments, and trips aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.