17 days in West Coast Itinerary

17 days in West Coast Itinerary

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17 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Pittsburgh

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night
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 9th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market. On the next day, explore the wide array of goods at Nordstrom, then look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company, then wander the streets of Pioneer Square, and finally kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Pittsburgh to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Pioneer Square ©
Pioneer Square

1
night
St. Helena

The city of St.
On the 11th (Thu), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your St. Helena trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to St. Helena in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in April, expect nights in St. Helena to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Twin Peaks, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour website .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from St. Helena in April since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel tour planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April in Carmel, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
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 Nature Center at Happy Isles and Glacier Point. Spend the 16th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, make a trip to Valley View, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail ©
Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

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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.
We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Head to Amoeba Music and Bergamot Stationfor some retail therapy. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Montana Avenue, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles visit planner .

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 taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 75°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mormon Battalion Historic Site. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Diego visit site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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