44 days in West Coast Itinerary

44 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast Trip Planner

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ventura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marin County
— 5 nights
Drive
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Orinda
— 3 nights
Drive
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Half Moon Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 4 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.
Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay for some beach relaxation. Attractions like Manhattan Beach and Corona Del Mar State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: The Wedge (in Newport Beach) and Long Beach (City Beach & Rosie's Dog Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Redondo Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip builder website.

London, UK to Los Angeles is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from London to Los Angeles, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from London in April; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carpinteria State Beach and Arroyo Burro County Beach Park. Take a break from the city and head to Butterfly Beach and El Capitan State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Ostrich Land (in Buellton) and Quicksilver Ranch (in Solvang). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Goleta Beach and relax in the rural setting at Fairview Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in April since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Ventura

— 3 nights
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. On the 13th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Serra Cross Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at El Matador State Beach. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Ventura Botanical Gardens, enjoy the sand and surf at Emma Wood State Beach, and then take in the waterfront at Ventura Pier and Promenade.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ventura trip tool.

Ventura is just a stone's throw from Santa Barbara. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Half Dome and Nevada Falls Loop. Step off the beaten path and head to Vernal Fall and Olmsted Point. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Yosemite Village, shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery, trek along Wawona Meadow, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Getting from Ventura to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Ventura in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads and Cascade Falls Trail. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Commons Beach Park and Meeks Bay Beach. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm and enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Marin County.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Marin County

— 5 nights
Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the natural beauty of Marin County provides an optimal setting for the oldest cross-country running event in the United States.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Head and Marin French Cheese Company. Kids will enjoy Doran Beach and Limantour Beach. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Drakes Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Muir Beach, trek along Dipsea Trail, and stroll around Stinson Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Marin County trip maker site.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Marin County takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in April; daily highs in Marin County reach 24°C and lows reach 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Orinda.

Things to do in Marin County

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Orinda

— 3 nights
Orinda is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. Get in touch with nature at Sycamore Grove Regional Park and Crown Memorial State Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lindsay Wildlife Museum and Point Isabel. There's much more to do: hike along Martinez Regional Shoreline, take in nature's colorful creations at Gardens at Heather Farms, and stroll through Lafayette Reservoir.

Planning Orinda trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Marin County to Orinda in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Orinda can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Orinda

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay

— 3 nights
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Family-friendly places like Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Venice Beach in Half Moon Bay will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Mavericks and Cowell Ranch State Beach. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Miramar Beach, stroll through Filoli, and experience rural life at Lemos Farm.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Orinda to Half Moon Bay in an hour. When traveling from Orinda in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Half Moon Bay: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Santa Cruz

— 3 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Relax by the water at Asilomar State Beach and Davenport Landing Beach. Family-friendly places like Lovers Point and Santa Cruz Main Beach will thrill your kids. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach and stroll through Cowell's Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz road trip planner.

Getting from Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Half Moon Bay in May: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Coronado Beach will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at La Jolla Shores Park and Children's Pool. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). There's still lots to do: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools, and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Cruz to San Diego takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Seattle

— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Woodland Park Zoo and Alki Beach will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Snoqualmie Falls and Idylwood Beach Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Juanita Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gardens Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Green Lake Park, and head outdoors with Agua Verde Paddle Club.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Seattle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 13°C in Seattle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Attractions like Third Beach and Hoh River make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Crescent Lake.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can ride a ferry from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in May, things will get little chillier in Olympic National Park: highs are around 19°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips