24 days in West Coast Itinerary

24 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  7 h
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Portland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
4
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
San Jose
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
9
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
End: New York City

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Escape the urban bustle at Snoqualmie Falls and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Tacoma (Point Defiance Park, LeMay - America's Car Museum, &more) and Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alki Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park Arboretum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip itinerary site.

Newark to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in May, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are little chillier, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Snoqualmie Falls, Bloedel Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 27th (Mon), kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, sample the fine beverages at Cannon Beach Distillery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haystack Rock.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach tour website.

Traveling by car from Seattle to Cannon Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Seattle in May, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach Distillery ©
Cannon Beach Distillery

3
nights
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.
On the 28th (Tue), wander the streets of Alberta Street, thenhike along Forest Park, thenwander the streets of Northwest (Nob Hill), and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tabor Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cannon Beach in May, you will find days in Portland are somewhat warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Forest Park ©
Forest Park
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Portland Art Museum ©
Portland Art Museum

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): do a tasting at Vincent Arroyo Winery, learn about winemaking at Tamber Bey Vineyards, thenlearn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Von Strasser Family of Wines, do a tasting at Madrigal Family Winery, thenlearn about winemaking at Tudal Winery, thendo a tasting at Larkmead Vineyards, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bothe-Napa State Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Calistoga tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Calistoga takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Calistoga, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Vincent Arroyo Winery ©
Vincent Arroyo Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Marin Headlands. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and stroll around Presidio of San Francisco.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey builder tool.

You can drive from Calistoga to San Francisco in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Calistoga in June, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Jose.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to New Brighton State Beach and Los Gatos Creek Trail. Winchester Mystery House and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of San Jose with an excursion to Shark Fin Cove in Davenport--about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Japanese American Resource Center/Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, take a stroll through Willow Glen, and tee off at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club.

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Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a subway. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Jose

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shark Fin Cove, New Brighton State Beach
Highlights from your plan
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House

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. To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Carmel tour itinerary site.

Getting from San Jose to Carmel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Jose in June: highs in Carmel hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Casa del Herrero, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, thenstroll around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and finally take a stroll through State Street Underpass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, trek along Cabrillo Bike Path, thenexplore the engaging exhibits at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, thenget a taste of local nightlife at Grassini Family Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara day trip website.

Getting from Carmel to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room ©
Margerum Wine Company Tasting Room
Casa del Herrero ©
Casa del Herrero

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Wonderland of Rocks, go deep underground at Desert Queen Mine, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Cottonwood Spring Oasis. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock, steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boy Scout Trail.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of 102°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Newport Beach and LA Farmers' Market. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Citadel Outlets and The Americana at Brand. Change things up with a short trip to Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 62°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, The Americana at Brand, Crystal Cove
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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