20 days in West Coast, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

20 days in West Coast, Las Vegas & New York City Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly to Bellingham, Ferry to Friday Harbor
6
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
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Ferry to Seattle Clipper Terminal, Tram to Seattle, Fly to Portland
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Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Fly
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New York City
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace and then shop like a local with Union Square. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route builder.

Denver to San Francisco is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Denver in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping · Nature · Tours · Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Bodie State Historic Park. Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Taft Point. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Mono Lake County Park in Lee Vining, about 50 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery and Florist, then stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September; daily highs in San Simeon reach 90°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Carmel

— 2 nights
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. On the 21st (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and then kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip planning website.

You can fly from Carmel to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): look for gifts at Serendipity the used book place, then stop by Pelindaba Lavender Friday Harbor, then get a taste of the local shopping with Arctic Raven Gallery, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, get outside with Springtide Paddlesports, explore the striking landscape at Cattle Point, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lime Kiln Point State Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Friday Harbor sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Las Vegas to Friday Harbor takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect Friday Harbor to be cooler, temps between 68°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Cannon Beach

— 2 nights
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Haystack Rock and Manzanita Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cannon Beach and Adelaide's Coffee House / Tapestry Rose Yarn Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Jack's Country Store (in Ocean Park) and Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, view the masterpieces at Bronze Coast Gallery, stop by Bruce's Candy Kitchen, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Wheeler Station Antiques.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cannon Beach online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry, tram, and flight from Friday Harbor to Cannon Beach takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cannon Beach can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). There's much more to do: examine the collection at New York Public Library, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and admire the masterpieces at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City sightseeing website.

Getting from Cannon Beach to New York City by flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Cannon Beach to New York City. Traveling from Cannon Beach in September, things will get a bit warmer in New York City: highs are around 80°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping