20 days in West Coast & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

20 days in West Coast & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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20 days in West Coast & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Barcelona

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, cast your line with a fishing tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Barcelona, Spain to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Barcelona to San Francisco. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Filbert Street Stairs ©
Filbert Street Stairs

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app .

You can 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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach for some beach relaxation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip 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 August, Los Angeles is much warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Get in touch with nature at Giant Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and cruise along Generals Hwy.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): trek along Artist Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, then explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin

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