9 days in West Coast Itinerary

9 days in West Coast Itinerary

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9 days in West Coast Itinerary

Minneapolis
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
Minneapolis

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 9th (Sat): stop by The Elliott Bay Book Company, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Pioneer Square, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planner .

Minneapolis to Seattle is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In June, Seattle is slightly colder than Minneapolis - with highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Popular historic sites such as City Lights Booksellers & Publishers and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

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Muir Woods National Monument
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Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Monterey Bay and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In June in Carmel, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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