9 days in West Coast Itinerary

9 days in West Coast Itinerary

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9 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
Seattle
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Detroit

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hours
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 14th (Sat): stop by Sur La Table, then shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Seattle online road trip planner .

Detroit to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Seattle is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Sur La Table ©
Sur La Table

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Wed), get interesting insight from Tours, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

Start your trip to Monterey by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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