23 days in West Coast Itinerary

23 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast tour planner

Make it your trip
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Tacoma (5 Mile Drive & Trails, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In December in Seattle, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, get great views at Twin Peaks, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning tool.

Fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. On the 18th (Sat), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, and grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 14°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Museum of Flying). Pack the 22nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 69°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in December, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30: