46 days in West Coast Itinerary

46 days in West Coast Itinerary

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46 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  18 h
1
Palm Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
6
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Calistoga
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
10
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Portland
— 4 nights
Bus:  3 h
13
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  19 h 15 min
End: Buenos Aires

3
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Shop till you drop at VillageFest and Wabi Sabi Japan Living. Step off the beaten path and head to Palm Springs Art Museum and Palm Springs Air Museum. Explore Palm Springs' surroundings by going to Temecula (Chapin Family Vineyards, Lorimar Vineyards and Winery, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, take an in-depth tour of Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, make a trip to Palm Springs Historical Society, and view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Palm Springs vacation maker site .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Palm Springs is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Palm Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Buenos Aires in abril, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trip

Temecula
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum
Wiens Family Cellars - Winery ©
Wiens Family Cellars - Winery

4
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 Seaport Village and Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad), Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Encinitas (Moonlight State Beach & Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, stroll through La Jolla Cove, and buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Valley.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Palm Springs in abril: highs in San Diego hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Encinitas, South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach, Del Mar City Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Crystal Cove and The Broad. Hollywood Walk of Fame and Old Pasadena will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: South Coast Plaza (in Costa Mesa), Mission San Juan Capistrano (in San Juan Capistrano) and Newport Beach (in Newport Beach). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at LA Farmers' Market, browse the different shops at Universal CityWalk Hollywood, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and make a trip to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In abril, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, South Coast Plaza, Newport Beach, Old Pasadena, The Americana at Brand
Highlights from your plan
LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach

4
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.
Head to Yosemite Museum Gallery and El Portal Marketfor some retail therapy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Vista Ranch. Change things up with a short trip to Mariposa Museum and History Center in Mariposa (about 1h 35 min away). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake, and hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in abril, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Vista Ranch, El Portal Market, Mariposa Museum and History Center
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
El Portal Market ©
El Portal Market
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Goldwell Open Air Museum. Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Death Valley National Park: Beatty (Beatty Museum & Historical Society & Death Valley Nut & Candy). And it doesn't end there: hike along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, play a few rounds at Furnace Creek Golf Course, and take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in abril, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Beatty
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, then do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally look for gifts at Sebastian General Store.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in abril since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery

3
nights
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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Del Mar Beach. For shopping fun, head to Ocean Avenue or The Cheese Shop. Step out of Carmel to go to Capitola and see Capitola Beach, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach, do a tasting at De Tierra Vineyards Tasting Room, and trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in abril, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are little chillier, around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, The Shakespeare Society of America, Capitola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio), Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Half Moon Bay (Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Cowell Ranch State Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and visit Chinatown.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In abril, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Modus Operandi Cellars and BobDog Winery. Step off the beaten path and head to Sapphire Hill Winery and Vermeil Wines. Venture out of the city with trips to Pech Merle Winery (in Geyserville) and Healdsburg (Alexander Valley Vineyards & Medlock Ames Winery). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Moone Tsai Winery.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Calistoga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Calistoga, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Healdsburg, St. Helena, BobDog Winery, Pech Merle Winery
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Medlock Ames Winery ©
Medlock Ames Winery
BobDog Winery ©
BobDog Winery

3
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Do your shopping at Pirates Plunder and Newport Farmer's Market. Get a sense of the local culture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and North Lincoln County Historical Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Gleneden Beach State Park (in Gleneden Beach) and Lincoln City (Mossy Creek Pottery & Roads End State Recreation Site). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nye Beach, learn about all things military at Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center, take in the waterfront at Newport's Historic Bayfront, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rogue Nation Brewery & Spirits.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Newport road trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Calistoga to Newport takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Calistoga in mayo, expect nights in Newport to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lincoln City, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Gleneden Beach State Park
Highlights from your plan
Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Yaquina Head Lighthouse ©
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach, look for gifts at Cannon Beach Bookstore, sample the fine beverages at Cannon Beach Distillery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hug Point State Recreation Site. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Tillamook County Pioneer Museum, steep yourself in history at Tillamook Air Museum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Wheeler Station Antiques, and finally stroll through Short Sands Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach day trip planning tool .

Drive from Newport to Cannon Beach in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In mayo, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tillamook, Wheeler Station Antiques, Short Sands Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Short Sands Beach ©
Short Sands Beach
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach Distillery ©
Cannon Beach Distillery

4
nights
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Live Laugh Love Art and Willamette Valley Vineyards. Get some historical perspective at Columbia River Highway and Northwest (Nob Hill). Explore Portland's surroundings by going to Oregon Garden (in Silverton), Dundee (Erath Vineyards Winery & Domaine Roy & fils) and Domaine Serene (in Dayton). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, wander the streets of Alberta Street, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, and stop by Pearl District.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Portland in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Cannon Beach in mayo, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portland: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Dundee, Vancouver, Domaine Serene, Live Laugh Love Art, Oregon Garden
Highlights from your plan
Northwest (Nob Hill) ©
Northwest (Nob Hill)
Willamette Valley Vineyards ©
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pioneer Square and Bruce Lee Grave Site. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fairhaven Historic District and The Museum of Flight. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Tacoma (Chihuly Bridge of Glass & LeMay - America's Car Museum). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, gain insight at University of Washington, and kick back and relax at Alki Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Seattle online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Portland to Seattle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In mayo, daytime highs in Seattle are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tacoma, Fairhaven Historic District, Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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