23 days in West Coast Itinerary

23 days in West Coast Itinerary

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23 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Ferry + Bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + Foot + Tram + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Pike Place Market or Pioneer Square. Get a sense of the local culture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, browse the range of quality goods at NORDSTROM, and buy something for everyone on your list at Pacific Place.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Seattle is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 9 hours. July in Seattle sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

4
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
You'll get in some beach time at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Get out of town with these interesting Olympic National Park side-trips: Quinault Big Spruce Tree (in Quinault) and Purple Haze Lavender Farm (in Sequim). There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip maker website .

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in July: high temperatures in Olympic National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Quinault Big Spruce Tree, Purple Haze Lavender Farm
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Fort Funston National Park for some beach relaxation. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and kick back and relax at China Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Olympic National Park to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 8°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Point Lobos State Reserve.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel road trip planning website .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

3
nights
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.
Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in August, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles route planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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