23 days in West Coast Itinerary

23 days in West Coast Itinerary

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23 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, Head underground at Bronson Caves, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument will thrill your kids. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Diego road trip planning site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Family-friendly places like Space Needle and The Museum of Flight will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Olympic National Park (Hood Canal & Murhut Falls). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Seattle is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Dedicate the 17th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app .

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

7
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.
Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect cooler with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. You will leave for home on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©

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