18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

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18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Seattle
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Buenos Aires

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center will appeal to museum buffs. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and stroll through Children's Pool.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to San Diego is minus 5 hours. In October, San Diego is a bit warmer than Buenos Aires - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

1
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. On the 26th (Sat), stop by AiX, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Carmel trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect Carmel to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then cruise along Tioga Pass, and then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Marshall’s Beach and Baker Beach. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and make a trip to Book Passage.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally stop by Elliott Bay Book Company. Keep things going the next day: browse the range of quality goods at Nordstrom, kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Seattle trip maker site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Seattle reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Seattle Art Museum ©
Seattle Art Museum

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rialto Beach.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Olympic National Park, with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

4
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.
Let the collections at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art capture your imagination. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Nicholas Canyon Beach in Malibu (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stroll through Playa Del Rey Beach, contemplate the long history of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip site .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Los Angeles in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Olympic National Park in November: highs in Los Angeles hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Nicholas Canyon Beach, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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