18 days in West Coast Itinerary

18 days in West Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Coast trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly
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South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Monica
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall’s Beach, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

South Lake Tahoe

— 3 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tallac Historic Site and Genoa Cemetery. Get outdoors at Pope Beach and Speed Boats Tours. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 82°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can fly to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Cruz

— 2 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 22nd (Thu), find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the next day, cruise along West Cliff Drive, then visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and then kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, expect nights in Santa Cruz to be a bit warmer, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Cannery Row and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Shopping

Side Trip

San Luis Obispo

— 1 night
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for gifts at Old Mission Gift Shop and Museum and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo road trip planning site.

Getting from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Monterey in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Barbara

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a memorable drive along State Street Underpass, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Douglas Family Preserve.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara visit site.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 75°F. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Santa Monica

— 4 nights

Fortunate People in a Fortunate Land

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Appreciate the collections at Annenberg Community Beach House and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Visit Santa Monica State Beach and Santa Monica Bay for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, view the masterpieces at Revolver Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips