28 days in West Coast Itinerary

28 days in West Coast Itinerary

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28 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Royal Palms State Beach. Popular historic sites such as Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood Forever Cemetery are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, get a taste of the local shopping with Hammer Museum, don't miss a visit to Two Rodeo Drive, and contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Los Angeles to be slightly colder, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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.
Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Children's Pool, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, then stroll through Asilomar State Beach, and then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In January, Carmel is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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.
Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point. On the 12th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Yosemite National Park fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in January, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, and stroll through Baker Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

2
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 19th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, then buy something for everyone on your list at Pioneer Place, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Portland Saturday Market, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, then contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, then hike along Forest Park, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Northwest (Nob Hill).

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Portland online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in January, with highs in Portland at 9°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Portland

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Highway
Highlights from your plan
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Forest Park ©
Forest Park

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Visiting Haystack Rock and Manzanita Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Cannon Beach and Short Sands Beach. Go for a jaunt from Cannon Beach to Rockaway Beach to see Rockaway Beach Wayside about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hug Point State Recreation Site, stop by Cannon Beach Bookstore, and immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cannon Beach tour builder tool .

You can drive from Portland to Cannon Beach in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Cannon Beach sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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.
Head to Chihuly Garden and Glass and Elliott Bay Book Companyfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, make a trip to Pioneer Square, explore the wide array of goods at Nordstrom, and browse the different shops at City Centre.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Seattle fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Bellevue Square
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

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