18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

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18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  27​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Johannesburg

2
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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to San Francisco is an approximately 27-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -10 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect nights in San Francisco to be slightly colder, around 8°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

4
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 22nd (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Pothole Dome, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 30 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens 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

3
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and snap pictures at Coronado Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
On the 31st (Mon), examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in December, you will find days in Seattle are cooler (9°C), and nights are slightly colder (3°C). On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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