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 4.5-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 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately Anaheim away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The Broad, get curious at California Science Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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 3 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 · Beaches · Trails

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 Golden Gate Park. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive 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 Oxbow Public Market. 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: gain some tasty knowledge on Laces and Limos, learn about winemaking at Pine Ridge Vineyards, make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, and sample the fine beverages at Napa Valley Distillery.

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

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Napa when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to 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 Vernal Fall. 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 catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

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 Food Tours. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the local landmark of Seattle Center, 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.

Fly from Portland to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

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