20 days in West Coast & New York City Itinerary

20 days in West Coast & New York City Itinerary

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20 days in West Coast & New York City Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
6
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
8
New York City
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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 27th (Fri): shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the range of quality goods at Nordstrom, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then wander the streets of Pioneer Square, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary app .

Amsterdam, Holland to Seattle is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Seattle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in March: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 15°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll around Civic Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and stroll through Lincoln Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Seattle - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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 1st (Wed): stop by The Cheese Shop, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Carmel online attractions planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Carmel are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

3
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 outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and McGurk Meadow. Spend the 3rd (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. When traveling from Carmel in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 17°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
North Dome ©
North Dome
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Amoeba Music. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 8th (Wed), look for gifts at The Lego Store, then immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, browse the different shops at Irvine Spectrum Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip planning site .

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In April, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Irvine Spectrum Center, Christ Cathedral, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
The Lego Store ©
The Lego Store
Newport Beach ©
Newport 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Marston House Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip planning tool .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in April: highs in San Diego hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get in touch with nature at East River Waterfront Esplanade and Bronx Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Fifth Avenue, take in nature's colorful creations at Hallett Nature Sanctuary, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read New York City road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to New York City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to New York City, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in April: high temperatures in New York City hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Fifth Avenue ©
Fifth Avenue
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square

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