7 days in West Coast Itinerary

7 days in West Coast Itinerary

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7 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Hartford
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Hartford

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night
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.
For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle tour itinerary maker site .

Hartford to Seattle is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Hartford to Seattle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Hartford in March: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 56°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Union Square, then engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday website .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in March, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
On the 17th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are little chillier (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, stroll through Point Lobos, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip maker website .

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 March, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. On the 19th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

McWay Falls
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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