10 days in West Coast Itinerary

10 days in West Coast Itinerary

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10 days in West Coast Itinerary

Charlotte
Fly:  7​h
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Charlotte

2
days
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 28th (Thu): meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. On the next day, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, and finally stop by The Elliott Bay Book Company.

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Charlotte to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Charlotte in December, plan for little chillier days in Seattle, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 58°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

3
days
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 2nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Diego.

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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
day
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 5th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Diego travel route website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

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San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park
Balboa Park
Sunset Cliffs ©
Sunset Cliffs

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