20 days in West Coast Itinerary

20 days in West Coast Itinerary

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20 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Brussels
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  8​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
7
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
+4
ferry + foot + bus + tram + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Brussels

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at SS Jeremiah O'Brien and de Young Museum. Visit Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to St. Helena to see V. Sattui Winery about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Union Square, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Brussels, Belgium to San Francisco is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or fly. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Nature

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 30th (Sun), stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Fratelli Perata Winery, then do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Simeon attractions planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for much hotter days in San Simeon, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Peachy Canyon Winery, Fratelli Perata Winery
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Simeon in July, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 33°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online day trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 45°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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 8th (Mon): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight and then enjoy the sand and surf at Seahurst Beach Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then shop like a local with Pike Place Market.

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

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Seattle by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for cooler days in Seattle, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Seahurst Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture

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nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands. For shopping fun, head to Serendipity the used book place or Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harbor. When in Friday Harbor, make a side trip to see Spencer Spit State Park in Lopez Island, approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Springtide Paddlesports and take in the exciting artwork at WaterWorks Gallery.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Friday Harbor online holiday builder .

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and ferry. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect Friday Harbor to be little chillier, temps between 27°C and 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Spencer Spit State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spencer Spit State Park ©
Spencer Spit State Park
WaterWorks Gallery ©
WaterWorks Gallery

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