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 + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​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

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, then admire the majestic nature at Will Rogers State Beach, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Beach and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip site .

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Monica: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Make your San Diego itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. In September, daytime highs in San Diego are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

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
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 27th (Thu): stop by Elliott Bay Book Company and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Seattle travel 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 September, things will get a bit cooler in Seattle: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

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

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 29th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rialto Beach.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Olympic National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in September: high temperatures in Olympic National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Beaches Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach

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. For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Olympic National Park to Carmel in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Olympic National Park in October, with highs in Carmel at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride 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, hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Change things up with a short trip to Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve in Moss Beach (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco route tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 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, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are much warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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