28 days in West Coast Itinerary

28 days in West Coast Itinerary

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28 days in West Coast Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
Seattle
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Underwood
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  26​h
Sydney

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay and Cable Car Museum. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Golden Gate Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. While traveling from Sydney, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

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

3
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Explore hidden gems such as Point Lobos State Reserve and Seventeen Mile Drive. Change things up with these side-trips from Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, savor the flavors at The Wharf Marketplace, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel sightseeing planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Carmel are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches

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Big Sur, Monterey
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in February, expect nights in San Simeon to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

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Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Cambria
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Moonstone Cellars ©
Moonstone Cellars

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip maker site .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in February, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Disney California Adventure Park
Disney California Adventure Park

3
days
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Explore hidden gems such as Joshua Tree National Park and Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. Explore Joshua Tree National Park's surroundings by going to Palm Springs (Palm Springs Air Museum & Indian Canyons), Borrego Springs (Galleta Meadows & Anza-Borrego Desert State Park) and Sunnylands (in Rancho Mirage).

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in February, plan for a bit warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 29°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Palm Springs, Borrego Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Sunnylands, Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Galleta Meadows ©
Galleta Meadows

3
days
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Museum of Flight and Wine Tours & Tastings. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Seattle tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Seattle in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in February, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Underwood.

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

1
day
Underwood

Underwood ©
Underwood is an unincorporated community in Skamania County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Port of Hood River, then learn about winemaking at Wy'East Vineyards, and then explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Underwood trip site .

You can drive from Seattle to Underwood in 4 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Underwood

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hood River, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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Wy'East Vineyards
Wy'East Vineyards
Port of Hood River ©
Port of Hood River

2
days
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then get great views at Dante's View.

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Explore your travel options from Underwood to Death Valley National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Underwood in February, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be slightly colder, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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