29 days in West Coast, Las Vegas & Washington DC Itinerary

29 days in West Coast, Las Vegas & Washington DC Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast, Las Vegas & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
8
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

3
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday builder website .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 20th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Los Angeles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, stroll around Ocean View Park, then look and learn at Camera Obscura, and finally get lost in a book at Camarillo Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): wander the streets of Montana Avenue, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and finally admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica itinerary planner.

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you will find days in Santa Monica are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Camarillo Public Library
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

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.
Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. June in San Diego sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

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

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, push the limits with an extreme tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 46°C to lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Go for a jaunt from Washington DC to Gettysburg to see Gettysburg National Military Park about 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Washington DC journey planner .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Washington DC takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Las Vegas to Washington DC. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in Washington DC at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gettysburg National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and then get some jogging in at Discovery Park.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle tour itinerary maker .

You can fly from Washington DC to Seattle in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping
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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