12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tee off at Lincoln Park, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and then don't miss a visit to The Embarcadero. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 71°F and lows about 55°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lincoln Park ©
Lincoln Park
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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.
On the 16th (Sun), make a trip to Olmsted Point, make a trip to Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, make a trip to Yosemite Village, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally stroll through Panorama Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and finally take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Monterey hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 53°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): do a tasting at Epoch Estate Wines, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morro Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, then kick back and relax at Eldwaylen Ocean Park, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pismo Beach trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Monterey to Pismo Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Monterey in June, you will find days in Pismo Beach are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, Epoch Estate Wines
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Speed Boats Tours
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

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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 22nd (Sat), find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planning tool .

Getting from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Pismo Beach in June since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Disney California Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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