21 days in West Coast Itinerary

21 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
7
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Fly
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly

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2
nights
Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wayfarers Chapel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles vacation planning app.

Madrid, Spain to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Madrid to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Military Museum
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
4.7
Wayfarers Chapel
Church
Wayfarers Chapel
4.8
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
Natural History Museum
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
4.4

3
nights
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip
Glacier Point ©
Must see
Glacier Point
4.9
Sentinel Dome ©
Must see
Sentinel Dome
4.9

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, steep yourself in history at Charcoal Kilns, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ghost Town of Schwab.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Titus Canyon ©
Canyon
Titus Canyon
4.7
Harmony Borax Works ©
Historic Site
Harmony Borax Works
4.0
Panamint Range ©
Mountain
Panamint Range
4.5

1
night

A Land of Giants

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History, then contemplate the long history of Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and finally don't miss a visit to The Senate. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, and then trek along Mount Whitney Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. September in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Giant Forest ©
Must see
Giant Forest
4.9
Moro Rock Trail ©
Must see
Moro Rock Trail
4.9

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then take a leisurely stroll along San Simeon Pier, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Dollar Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, San Simeon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

2
nights
San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, trek along Lands End, and then stroll through Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Alcatraz Island ©
Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visit Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach for some beach relaxation. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ecola State Park and Tillamook Rock Light. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cannon Beach: Astoria (Goonies House & Astoria Oregon Riverwalk). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Icefire Glassworks, see the interesting displays at Seaside Inverted Experience, and look for gifts at Bruce's Candy Kitchen.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cannon Beach trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from San Francisco to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get slightly colder in Cannon Beach: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Cannon Beach ©
Must see
Cannon Beach
4.8
Haystack Rock ©
Must see
Haystack Rock
4.8
Ecola State Park ©
Must see
Ecola State Park
4.8

2
nights
Los Angeles

City of Angels

Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Seal Beach, and then make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Cannon Beach to Los Angeles takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Cannon Beach - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
Natural History Museum
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
4.4
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Military Museum
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
4.7
Wayfarers Chapel
Church
Wayfarers Chapel
4.8

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