18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Bus:  8 h 30 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 45 min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Elliott Bay Book Company and then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, thenwander the streets of Pike Place Market, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Nordstrom.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Seattle is minus 18 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in December; daily highs in Seattle reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Badger Pass Ski Area and Curry Village Ice Rink. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, stroll through Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and trek along Wawona Meadow.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park planner.

You can take a bus from Seattle to Yosemite National Park in 32 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Seattle in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, thentake a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Dante's View and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park road trip app.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like LA Farmers' Market and The Grove. Get a sense of the local culture at The Broad and The Getty Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: get curious at California Science Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get a taste of the local shopping with Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In December, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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LA Farmers' Market ©
LA Farmers' Market
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Broad ©
The Broad

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 25th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, San Simeon is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 20°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally stop by AiX.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel route planner.

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, AiX
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Fort Point. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

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

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