25 days in West Coast Itinerary

25 days in West Coast Itinerary

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25 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and see the interesting displays at Exploratorium.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday planning website .

Amsterdam, Holland to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find photos and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 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, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive 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
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree and then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park visit planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Diego in October, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Olympic National Park (Hood Canal & Murhut Falls). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire all the interesting features of Safeco Field, and stop by Made in Washington.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Seattle takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Olympic National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

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