19 days in West Coast Itinerary

19 days in West Coast Itinerary

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19 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  1​h 30​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach.

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Sydney, Australia to Olympic National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, expect little chillier with lows of 11°C in Olympic National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then look for gifts at Chukar Cherries, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Seattle route website .

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Seattle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Olympic National Park in September, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Beaches
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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Mission Beach Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Diego takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Carmel vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Carmel to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

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Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at China Beach and Point Isabel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip tool .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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