34 days in West Coast Itinerary

34 days in West Coast Itinerary

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34 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Truckee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Carmel
— 2 nights
taxi:  15​min
11
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Santa Rosa
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Paris

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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.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Running Horse Ranch and Crystal Cove. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: El Matador State Beach (in Malibu), Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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

Paris, France to Los Angeles is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Paris to Los Angeles, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Paris in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch, Crystal Cove, El Matador State Beach, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Point Loma. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Catalina Offshore Products, then get to know the fascinating history of Oceanside Pier, and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 28th (Tue), look for gifts at Brandini Toffee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Palm Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, you will find days in Palm Springs are much hotter (39°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Barker Dam Trail, Climbing Tours
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Climbing Tours
Palm Canyon ©
Palm Canyon

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point and then contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park holiday builder site .

Drive from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in May: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Mosaic Canyon ©
Mosaic Canyon
Charcoal Kilns ©
Charcoal Kilns

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Manzanar National Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Olmsted Point. Get in touch with nature at Bridalveil Fall and Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, trek along Four Mile Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey planner.

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 30°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, then let little ones run wild at Commons Beach Park, and then kick back and relax at Sand Harbor. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Flume Trail, contemplate the long history of Mackay Mansion, and then stop by Cabela's.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Truckee driving holiday planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Truckee, with lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cabela's, Sand Harbor, Mackay Mansion, Commons Beach Park, Flume Trail
Highlights from your plan
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor
Mackay Mansion ©
Mackay Mansion

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nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Rabe Meadows, and then stroll through Lakeside Beach. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then stop by Grass Roots Natural Foods, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip site .

Getting from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rabe Meadows
Highlights from your plan
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Wine Tours & Tastings
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
On the 11th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Thu) before leaving for Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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 13th (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On the next day, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel journey planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): kick back and relax at Lovers Point. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Plan trip to Monterey with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Monterey is very close to Carmel. In June, daytime highs in Monterey are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lovers Point, Pinnacles National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pinnacles National Park ©
Pinnacles National Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Explore hidden gems such as Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Marin Headlands. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of Twin Peaks.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Safari West, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, and then look for gifts at Dean & DeLuca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Gualala Point Regional Park, then explore the activities along Salt Point State Park, and then don't miss a visit to Patrick Amiot.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santa Rosa day trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Santa Rosa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Rosa, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Salt Point State Park, Gualala Point Regional Park, Sapphire Hill Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Patrick Amiot
Highlights from your plan
Salt Point State Park ©
Salt Point State Park
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West

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