43 days in West Coast Itinerary

43 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast tour planner

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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Napa
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Portland
— 5 nights
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Seattle
— 6 nights
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San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lions, Tigers & Bears and The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Borrego Springs, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, steep yourself in history at Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and deepen your understanding at Torrey Pines Gliderport.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online tour itinerary planner.

Austin to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in April: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Venice Canals Walkway. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get curious at California Science Center, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip maker.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos and Dennis the Menace Park. The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Monterey is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Beer Tastings & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Napa

— 4 nights

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Explore hidden gems such as Balloon Rides and Laces and Limos. Get out of town with these interesting Napa side-trips: Safari West (in Santa Rosa) and Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, cast your line with a fishing tour, learn about winemaking at Trinitas Cellars, and make a trip to Sonoma Barracks.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa road trip planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Napa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Tours · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 8 nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Stanislaus National Forest (in Hathaway Pines) and Nelder Grove (in Madera). On the 29th (Sun), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and admire the engineering at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Napa to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Napa in May, things will get a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 65°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Portland

— 5 nights

City of Roses

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Portland Japanese Garden and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Step out of Portland with an excursion to Vista House in Corbett--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, surround yourself with nature on Volcano Lands - Private Tours, admire the natural beauty at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Portland day trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Portland. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Portland is a bit warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Seattle

— 6 nights

Emerald City

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hurricane Ridge and Seattle Center. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, enjoy breathtaking views from Sky View Observatory, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and walk around Kerry Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planner.

Drive from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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