8 days in California & Washington State Itinerary

8 days in California & Washington State Itinerary

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8 days in California & Washington State Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  4​h
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Salt Lake City

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles planner .

Salt Lake City to Los Angeles is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step out of the city life by going to Mariposa Grove and Panorama Trail. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip site .

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. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Muir Woods National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Keller Beach Park, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 59°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Keller Beach Park
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Washington Park Arboretum, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Alki Beach, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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