22 days in West Coast Itinerary

22 days in West Coast Itinerary

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22 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
St. Helena
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
11
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
End: New York City

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San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning site .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 78°F and lows are around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Visiting Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 30 minutes away). There's more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory and don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, things will get slightly colder in Santa Barbara: highs are around 77°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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 16th (Tue): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Plan for warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 17th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online vacation planner .

Monterey is very close to Carmel. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. On the 18th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pescadero trip app .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Pescadero takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Pescadero are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Pescadero

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at China Beach, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Pescadero to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 22nd (Mon), learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, and finally identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena attractions site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in St. Helena hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wildlife Parks Wineries

Side Trip

Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then look for all kinds of wild species at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Portland day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from St. Helena to Portland in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. While traveling from St. Helena, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Portland, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge ©
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): look for gifts at Bronze Coast Gallery, then look for gifts at Beach Books, then stroll through Haystack Rock, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cannon Beach trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Portland to Cannon Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Beach Books
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Bronze Coast Gallery ©
Bronze Coast Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): stop by Elliott Bay Book Company, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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