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

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 24th (Sat): wander the streets of Pike Place Market and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, don't miss a visit to Pioneer Square, and then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle online trip itinerary builder .

London, UK to Seattle is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from London to Seattle due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

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

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 26th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, stroll through Manzanita Beach, and then kick back and relax at Rockaway Beach Wayside.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip planner.

Drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, Cannon Beach is a bit cooler than Seattle - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita Beach, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Far Niente Winery, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to St. Helena takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Oakville, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read San Francisco vacation planning website .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker site .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip builder app .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Carmel, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in September; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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

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