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Things to know before visiting
Getting between all the cities in West Coast USA is pretty easy with the flights and saves you a lot of time, however, if you wish to visit some of the national parks and Pacific Coast Highway, it is always better to hire a cab for your journey.
Places to visit in West Coast the USA
Although it might take more than a month to cover the whole USA West Coast, we are looking at a few must visit places in West Coast. A 2 week itinerary is enough to cover the most of the West Coast including the sprawling cities as well as the national parks surrounding the state. The places in this epic 2 week USA West Coast tour itinerary includes San Francisco, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Death Valley National Park and Los Angeles. Let us take a look at how you can explore these places to the fullest to make your USA West coast tour a memorable one.
An Epic 2 Week West Coast American Itinerary
Arriving in San Francisco (Day 1)
Arrive early morning in San Francisco and check into your hotel to relax for a while. One of the best things about San Francisco is how vibrant the city is. Every day in the city can literally be a new day for everyone with different things happening around. After having your brunch, head out to explore this sprawling city of San Francisco. Start by visiting the foodie-friendly Ferry Building which also has a big market place. Walking for a few minutes down the Embarcadero, board a ferry to the island of Alcatraz. Alcatraz is a beautiful small island with abundant natural beauty around. Have your lunch at one of the restaurants in Alcatraz and spend the rest of the day till evening exploring the areas of fortification, the military prison and the lighthouse. Head back to Ferry Building in the evening, and have your dinner at the Tadich Grill which is one of the most popular old-school elegance restaurants here.
Exploring San Francisco (Day 2)
This morning, after your breakfast head out to explore the vibrant city of San Francisco. Start off your day by visiting the Golden Gate Park which is a large urban park consisting of many different tourist attractions. Explore the art of the de Young Museum which is one of the amazing museums to witness some of the best Fine art pieces. Then visit the California Academy of Sciences which is a natural history museum with more than 26 million specimens of animals. In the evening, visit the Japanese Tea Garden for some tea and snacks before leaving for the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Bridge is easily among the most popular places to visit on your west coast holidays. Visit the Presidio’s Fort Point in the evening to witness the most amazing sunset at the Golden Gate Bridge. End your day at one of the spas in the town to relax yourself before the drive next day.
Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite (Day 3)
A few places on the West Coast holidays must be seen at a slow pace. Such is the road from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. Hire a cab and leave for the Yosemite early morning after breakfast. It will take you around 4-5 hours to reach Yosemite from SF. Enjoy the drive while overlooking some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see. Also, the Big Oak Flat entrance is one of the best places to visit on a west coast holiday. Reach the Yosemite Park and relax for the remaining day.
Yosemite National Park (Day 4)
Considered as one of the most popular tourist destinations in West America, Yosemite National Park is always worth a trip. The park has a number of hiking trails ranging from easy strolls to some of the toughest mountain hikes. Also, the park beholds some of the most majestic mountains and landscapes that will awestruck you. This morning, start your day by exploring the Half Dome area in the park. Walk the forest trails to reach the river stream with a magnificent view of Half Dome. You can also hike up to the top if you want to get the magnificent views. After lunch, visit the famous El Capitan. In the Evening, head to Tuolumne Meadows Campground to spend the night under the open sky.
Exploring the Insides of Yosemite (Day 5)
Wake up to the view of the mountains and the sound of a river stream flowing by. Get ready, have your breakfast and head out to explore the Tuolumne Meadows for a while. After coming back, head next to the less-visited area of Hetchy-Hetchy where you can hike all the way up to Wapama Falls Trail. Spending a whole day in the wild in the vastness of Yosemite is one of the most fulfilling experiences you will ever have.
Drive from Yosemite to Las Vegas via Death Valley National Park (Day 6)
Start your day early morning at 9 with having your breakfast and leaving immediately for Death Valley National Park. Death Valley National Park is very different from the Yosemite in terms of vegetation, mountains and a different landscape altogether. It will take you around 5-6 hours from Yosemite to reach the Death Valley, National Park. Reach by the afternoon, have your lunch and relax yourself a bit after the long hectic drive. In the evening, go out for a walk in the vast deserts of the national park that will make you seem everything small in front of it. Also, as Death Valley has some of the darkest skies in all of US, you can stargaze in the night to see some of the most dazzling skies ever.
Exploring the Death Valley (Day 7)
Today, after the breakfast head out to explore some of the best vantage points in the valley. Visit the famous Furnace Creek to experience village life. After the lunch same day, visit the Charcoal kilns in the higher elevations of the Death Valley. Once you are done with that, visit the popular Father Crowley’s Vista Point to get a view of the Rainbow Canyon and the Panamint mountains. The spectacular view of the Rainbow Canyon is mesmerizing and once in a lifetime experience. Spend your night in the resort, overlooking the vast landscapes along with the starry skies. Thus, Death Valley National Park is one of the must-visit places on the USA west coast tour itinerary.
Driving from Death Valley to Las Vegas (Day 8)
Early morning after breakfast, get into your car and head next for the 2-hour drive to the sprawling city of Las Vegas. You will pass through some of the most scenic spots on the way including Ashton, Amargosa Valley, Indian Springs and Corn Creek before reaching the city of Las Vegas. Upon reaching Vegas, check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day by exploring the city on your own. Explore the grand casinos and luxurious hotels along with the big shopping centres. Have your dinner at the Culinary Dropout to end the day.
Driving to the Grand Canyon (Day 9)
After having your breakfast this morning, leave for ride to the great Grand Canyon. The drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon takes about five hours and is one of the most scenic journeys you will ever take. Head over south to the new Hoover Dam Bypass which is a site worth stopping by. Also, stop by at the Kingman Arizona while you are on the way to see the popular Route 66. Then take an east back to the highway and reach Grand Canyon in the evening. Relax for the night in a hotel before you set out to explore the park next morning.
Exploring the Grand Canyon (Day 10)
The Grand Canyon is a truly grand in its sheer size. And everybody must see it in person at least one to truly appreciate the beauty it is. The free newspaper called ‘Guide’ is available at every station here to help you explore the Canyon in its best way. With a number of maps and routes, the guide really helps you to explore the Grand Canyon at its fullest. Start your day by taking the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park. It is one of the best experiences you will ever have to go on train journey through the vast canyons. After the lunch, descend in to the canyon by taking the Bright Angel trail to witness some of the most colorful and geological formations in person. In the evening, come down at the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk to witness the grandeur of this beauty. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is an absolute must visit place on your USA West Coast Tour. End your day by heading back to Williams in a train and have your dinner at Rod’s Steak house to enjoy some delicious steaks.
Driving from Grand Canyon to Los Angeles (Day 11)
After having a god night’s sleep and a heavy breakfast, head out to leave for Los Angeles. This drive from Grand Canyon to Los Angeles is probably the longest one you will ever have in the entire itinerary. It takes around 7-8 hours approximately to reach the city of Los Angeles. Reach Los Angeles in the evening, check into your hotel and rest for the remaining day after a long hectic journey.
Exploring Los Angeles (Day 12)
After exploring and enjoying the abundant natural beauty in Yosemite and Grand Canyon, it is now time to explore the sprawling cities with its huge buildings, amazing architectures and much more. Los Angeles is home to the television and film industry making it one of the most interesting cities to visit. Start your day by visiting the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Centre. After the lunch, visit the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a must visit place on your West Cost holiday. This is the birthplace of American television and film industry. If you are lucky, you might also be able to spot a Hollywood star passing by on the streets. Also, the different number of street performers and artists here are an absolute treat to the eyes. In the evening, visit the Griffith Observatory which gives you the entire view of the Los Angeles Basin including Downtown LA to southeast, Hollywood to south and the Pacific Ocean to the Southwest. Enjoy your dinner at the L.A.Chapter restaurant to end the day.
Exploring the beaches of Los Angeles (Day 13)
It is the last day on your USA West coast holiday and you must spend it relaxing on the beachside to make the most of it. After your breakfast in the morning, head to Santa Monica Pier to spend your most of the day by lazing around the beach and enjoying the delicious food over the restaurants and beachside cafes. Santa Monica Pier marks as the end of the popular Route 66 and is one of the most visited tourist spots in all of West Coast. In the evening, head to Venice beach which is one of the most popular beaches in all of USA for its lively atmosphere and a large number of activities that you can do here. Have dinner at one of the beachside cafes and head back to your hotel to end the day.
Exploring City and Heading back (Day 14)
After your breakfast, pack your bags and get out exploring the city of Los Angeles at your own pace for half a day. Do not forget to do some shopping at the sprawling shopping centers, explore the small alleys and streets to take in all that city has to offer. In the afternoon, after having your lunch head back to the airport to catch your flight way back home.
At last, USA is full of dazzling cities along with the abundant natural beauty which cannot be covered in one trip for sure. But with the above given 2 weeks west coast itinerary, you can make the most of your American dream, come true.