11 days in West Coast Itinerary

11 days in West Coast Itinerary

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11 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Santa Cruz
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Fri), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco online journey planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -12 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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 discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and El Capitan. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, stroll through Four Mile Trail, make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Lotusland, contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Tours, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Lotusland
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Lotusland ©
Lotusland

1
night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 25th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. When traveling from Santa Barbara in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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few
hours
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Cruz, with lows of 12°C. You will leave for Monterey on the 21st (Sun).

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours
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2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 26th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. On the next day, stroll through Golden Gate Park, do a tasting at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area ©
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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