18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

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18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Newark

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 7th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego online sightseeing planner .

Newark to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to San Diego. Traveling from Newark in August, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

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
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 9th (Thu), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
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, parks, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco holiday builder site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get outside with Portland Timbers, contemplate the long history of Pittock Mansion, then take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and then get to know the fascinating history of Eastbank Esplanade.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland road trip tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Portland by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Safeco Field, tour the pleasant surroundings at Discovery Park, then take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, then shop like a local with Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and finally stroll through Alki Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle tour planner .

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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