60 days in West Coast Itinerary

60 days in West Coast Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Monterey
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Palm Springs
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 6 nights
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Portland
— 6 nights
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Newport
— 4 nights
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Seattle
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at California State Railroad Museum and Walt Disney Family Museum. Visiting Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Alcatraz Island will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Dutton Goldfield Winery (in Sebastopol), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Charles M. Schulz Museum (in Santa Rosa). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, savor the flavors at Castello di Amorosa, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Francisco. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

5
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hearst Castle and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monterey: San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop & Piedras Blancas) and Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Bird Rock Vista Point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a shuttle. December in Monterey sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Appreciate the collections at Parsons Memorial and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Four Mile Trail, identify plant and animal life at North Dome, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Monterey in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are much colder (-11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 20:

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Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then cruise along Artists Dr, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 15°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Wine Tours & Tastings and Old Mission Santa Barbara. U.S. Navy Seabee Museum and Heritage House Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: The Creation Station Fabric and Quilt Shop (in Buellton), Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat (in Ventura) and Monarch Butterfly Grove (in Pismo Beach). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara tour planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In December, Santa Barbara is a bit warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

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Los Angeles

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bronson Caves. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mission San Juan Capistrano and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Museum of Flying (in Santa Monica) and Virga Gallery (in Laguna Beach). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Battleship USS Iowa Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:

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Palm Springs

Get outdoors at Indian Canyons and Off-Road Tours. Appreciate the collections at Sunnylands Center & Gardens and Palm Springs Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palm Springs: California Overland Desert Excursions (in Borrego Springs) and The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens (in Palm Desert).

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Palm Springs trip maker website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. January in Palm Springs sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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San Diego

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.
USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Lions, Tigers & Bears and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

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Portland

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Let the collections at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Live Laugh Love Art capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Haystack Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Portland side-trips: Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil), Sokol Blosser Winery (in Dundee) and Cannon Beach (in Cannon Beach). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Fort Clatsop National Memorial. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, stop by Powell's City of Books, and explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from San Diego to Portland by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in January, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Portland: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:

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Newport

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Take a break from the city and head to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest. Museum-lovers will appreciate Prehistoric and Hatfield Marine Science Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Lincoln City Glass Center (in Lincoln City) and Sandland Adventures (in Florence). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, enjoy the sea views from Yaquina Head Lighthouse, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nye Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Newport online trip builder.

Drive from Portland to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Newport can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

6
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Seattle

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Discover Nature and Mercer Slough Nature Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like LeMay - America's Car Museum and Museum of Pop Culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Tacoma (Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden, stroll around Kerry Park, and admire the masterpieces at Frye Art Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Seattle driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Newport to Seattle takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Side Trips

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