22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast vacation planner
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tahoe City
— 1 night
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney District will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip site.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.
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San Diego — 4 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. Spend the 10th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: stroll through La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego travel planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. January in San Diego sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Range. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, stroll through McGurk Meadow, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Diego to Yosemite National Park. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in January, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 7°C and lows at -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tahoe City.
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Tahoe City — 1 night

Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country and then hit the slopes at Granlibakken Ski and Sled Area.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tahoe City trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Seattle.
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Seattle — 2 nights

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 16th (Mon): wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Volunteer Park Conservatory, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, then examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and finally wander the streets of Bellevue Square.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle day trip website.

You can fly from Tahoe City to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tahoe City in January, expect nights in Seattle to be much hotter, around 3°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 5 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Exploratorium, wander the streets of Chinatown, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in January, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.
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