24 days in West Coast Itinerary

24 days in West Coast Itinerary

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24 days in West Coast Itinerary

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.
Visiting Snoqualmie Falls and Alki Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Pike Place Market and LeMay - America's Car Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Tacoma (Point Defiance Park & Chihuly Bridge of Glass), Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (in Olympia) and Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park Arboretum, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Seattle vacation planner.

Newark to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Seattle due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Newark, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Snoqualmie Falls, Bloedel Reserve, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cannon Beach Distillery, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Seattle to Cannon Beach takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Alberta Street, then hike along Forest Park, then wander the streets of Northwest (Nob Hill), and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, and then stroll around Mount Tabor Park.

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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 a bit warmer (70°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Calistoga.

Things to do in Portland

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

2
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 30th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Vincent Arroyo Winery, then learn about winemaking at Tamber Bey Vineyards, then do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at von Strasser Family of Wines, learn about winemaking at Madrigal Family Winery, learn about winemaking at Tudal Winery, then do a tasting at Larkmead Vineyards, and finally identify plant and animal life at Bothe-Napa State Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Calistoga trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Portland to Calistoga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Portland in May, expect nights in Calistoga to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Presidio of San Francisco and Lands End. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Marin Headlands and Cable Car Museum. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and get curious at Exploratorium.

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Getting from Calistoga to San Francisco by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Calistoga in June, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car 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
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

3
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Explore hidden gems such as New Brighton State Beach and Los Gatos Creek Trail. Get outdoors at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club and Shark Fin Cove. There's lots more to do: delve into the mystery of Winchester Mystery House, examine the collection at Japanese American Resource Center/Museum, learn about winemaking at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and take a stroll through Willow Glen.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Jose online holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to San Jose in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Jose, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to 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 maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Jose to Carmel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Jose in June, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). On the 8th (Sat), you're off toSanta 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, stroll through Cabrillo Bike Path, then brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, then learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to 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
Casa del Herrero ©
Casa del Herrero
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Wonderland of Rocks, then explore and take pictures at Desert Queen Mine, and then identify plant and animal life at Cottonwood Spring Oasis. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock, then contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and then hike along Boy Scout Trail.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park day trip site .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Joshua Tree National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Barbara in June, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are much warmer (102°F), and nights are a bit warmer (73°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

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

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Crystal Cove and Newport Beach. Head to LA Farmers' Market and Citadel Outletsfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Crystal Cove, Newport Beach, The Americana at Brand
Highlights from your plan
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

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