24 days in West Coast Itinerary

24 days in West Coast Itinerary

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24 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Los Angeles (Griffith Observatory & El Pueblo de Los Angeles). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, take a stroll through Montana Avenue, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Santa Monica is minus 18 hours. April in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, stroll through Mission Beach Park, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

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.
Get some cultural insight at Pike Place Market and Seattle Art Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Pioneer Square, and enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle journey planning site .

Fly from San Diego to Seattle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, Seattle is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 28th (Sat), learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, do a tasting at Inglenook, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Vincent Arroyo Winery, and finally do a tasting at Mumm Napa. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, do a tasting at Long Meadow Ranch Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to St. Helena takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Oakville, Rutherford, Calistoga
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from St. Helena to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from St. Helena in April, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in May, expect little chillier with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Marina District, shop like a local with Union Square, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SoMa ©
SoMa

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