12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Balboa Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

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Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and then discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim day trip planning app.

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in May: highs in Anaheim hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then have fun and explore at Travel Town, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally Head underground at Bronson Caves.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): hike along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 29th (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

To find photos and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Redwood National Park are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (47°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 30th (Sat), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder app.

Getting from Redwood National Park to San Francisco by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Redwood National Park in May, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 69°F and 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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