37 days in West Coast & Honolulu Itinerary

37 days in West Coast & Honolulu Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Carlsbad
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
San Diego
— 11 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
5
Honolulu
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

10
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Popular historic sites such as El Pueblo de Los Angeles and State Street Underpass are in your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills), Atlantis Play Center (in Garden Grove) and The Lab Anti-Mall (in Costa Mesa). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Long Beach, Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Get some cultural insight at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center and Old Town Temecula. Get out of town with these interesting Carlsbad side-trips: Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND California, wander the streets of Carlsbad Village, kick back and relax at South Carlsbad State Beach, and get some fabulous bargains at Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carlsbad travel route site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Carlsbad in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Carlsbad, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Virga Gallery, Oceanside Pier, Handcrafted, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum ©
LEGOLAND California ©
LEGOLAND California
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano

11
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 Seaport Villagefor some retail therapy. Bring the kids along to USS Midway Museum and San Diego Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna). And it doesn't end there: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, take in breathtaking views at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online day trip planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad to San Diego in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Carlsbad in September, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

5
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.
Let the collections at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Museum of Communications capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Pike Place Market and The Museum of Flight. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (in Mount Vernon), Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum (in La Conner) and Anacortes (Predators of the Heart & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, look for all kinds of wild species at Mercer Slough Nature Park, take a stroll through Pioneer Square, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Seattle is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Anacortes, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

5
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Popular historic sites such as USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace are in your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Ala Moana Center and Waikele Premium Outlets. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Swim with Dolphins (in Waianae), Ko Hana Distillers (in Waipahu) and Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, see the interesting displays at Bishop Museum, pause for some photo ops at Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, and go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Honolulu sightseeing planning tool.

Fly from Seattle to Honolulu in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in October, things will get much warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 36°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Waipahu, Swim with Dolphins, Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, Malaekahana State Recreation Area, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve ©
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach

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