17 days in West Coast Itinerary

17 days in West Coast Itinerary

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17 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  3​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Tram + Bus:  7​h
5
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Montana Avenue. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip site .

Newark to Los Angeles is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Los Angeles. In August, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, get engrossed in the history at Nevada State Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Harbor. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Vikingsholm, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe visit website .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sand Harbor, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Nevada State Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. We've included these beaches for you: Marshall’s Beach and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, kick back and relax at China Beach, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

For more things to do and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, and then enjoy the sea views from Tillamook Rock Light. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column, then contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Maritime Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and finally look for gifts at Bronze Coast Gallery.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach tour app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. In August in Cannon Beach, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Astoria
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

1
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.
On the 25th (Sun), get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Seattle online route planner .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cannon Beach in August, with highs in Seattle at 80°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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