8 days in West Coast Itinerary

8 days in West Coast Itinerary

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8 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Black's Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Diego route planner.

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego. Traveling from Washington DC in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 58°F in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Black's Beach ©
Black's Beach

2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to North Dome and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and McGurk Meadow. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and taxi from San Diego to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Diego in April, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 59°F, while nights are colder with lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 14th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Strawberry Hill, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On your second day here, tee off at Lincoln Park, explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, then take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hayes Valley.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

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 taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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