8 days in West Coast Itinerary

8 days in West Coast Itinerary

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8 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
nights
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 15th (Fri): browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Union Square, then steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning tool .

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in March, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 65°F and 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in March, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 23°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Nature Museums
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1
night
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 (Mon): kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 74°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

2
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.
On the 19th (Tue), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then stroll through La Jolla Cove. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Children's Pool and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter

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