26 days in West Coast Itinerary

26 days in West Coast Itinerary

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26 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 45​min
9
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h
10
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h
End: New Delhi

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through The Embarcadero, tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker site .

New Delhi, India to San Francisco is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New Delhi to San Francisco, you'll gain 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in January, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (17°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, learn about winemaking at VJB Cellars, then examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Fort Ross State Historic Park, then kick back and relax at Bodega Head, and then take in the exciting artwork at Graton Gallery.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in Healdsburg dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Graton Gallery, VJB Cellars, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
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Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Artesa Vineyards & Winery, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Sonoma Valley, then steep yourself in history at Jack London State Historic Park, then do a tasting at Charles Krug Winery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Napa road trip planner.

Drive from Healdsburg to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Napa can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

St. Helena, Castello di Amorosa, Jack London State Historic Park, Sonoma Valley
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Artesa Vineyards & Winery ©
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley

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 10th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner .

Drive from Napa to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in January, Carmel is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point and then stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are much colder (-12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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.
Get some cultural insight at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and The Getty Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, catch a live performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, things will get warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, admire the striking features of Marston House Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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nights
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 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Pioneer Square and then make a trip to Edmonds Historical Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in January, expect Seattle to be slightly colder, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Edmonds Historical Museum
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

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nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at South Lake Brewing Co. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Nevada State Museum, then examine the collection at National Automobile Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Harbor.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe online route planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to South Lake Tahoe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seattle in January since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Nevada State Museum, Sand Harbor, Genoa Cemetery, National Automobile Museum, Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and then discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Anaheim takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January; daily highs in Anaheim reach 25°C and lows reach 10°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Crystal Cove
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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