8 days in West Coast Itinerary

8 days in West Coast Itinerary

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8 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Albany
Fly:  10​h
1
Seattle
— Few hours
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  7​h
2
Napa
— 1 night
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Albany

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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 photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Seattle itinerary planner .

Albany to Seattle is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Albany to Seattle is minus 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Napa.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
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Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery ©
Seattle Great Wheel ©
Seattle Great Wheel

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night
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 14th (Sat), stroll through Skyline Wilderness Park, learn about winemaking at Porter Family Vineyards, then appreciate the views at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, and finally steep yourself in history at General M.G. Vallejo Home.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Napa holiday planner .

Getting from Seattle to Napa by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. While traveling from Seattle, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Napa

Parks Wineries Trails

Side Trip

General M.G. Vallejo Home
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Skyline Wilderness Park ©
Skyline Wilderness Park
Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
General M.G. Vallejo Home ©
General M.G. Vallejo Home

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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.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, get great views at Washburn Point, then take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planner .

You can do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and car from Napa to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Napa in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 74°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, and finally admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

For maps and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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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 18th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, stroll through Miramar Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Pedro Valley Park and then admire the majestic nature at Gray Whale Cove State Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Half Moon Bay, San Pedro Valley Park, San Gregorio State Beach, Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
San Pedro Valley Park ©
San Pedro Valley Park
Gray Whale Cove State Beach ©
Gray Whale Cove State Beach

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