18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

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18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  7​h
6
Cannon Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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 1st (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

London, UK to San Diego is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in August, with highs in San Diego at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yosemite Valley Chapel and Yosemite Museum Gallery. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in August since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then stroll through Point Lobos, and then admire the architecture and history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, stop by City Lights Booksellers, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

1
day
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): kick back and relax at Haystack Rock and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In August in Cannon Beach, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Seattle trip builder app .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in August: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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