13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  11 h 30 min
1
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

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 21st (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip planner.

Washington DC to Redwood National Park is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Redwood National Park is minus 3 hours. In May, Redwood National Park is little chillier than Washington DC - with highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): engage your brain at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Redwood National Park in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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 24th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): make a trip to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then stroll through Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then have fun and explore at Travel Town, then look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and finally look for gifts at Amoeba Music. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then engage your brain at California Science Center, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 28th (Thu), make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim day trip planner.

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

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
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.
On the 30th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour planning site.

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Anaheim in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

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
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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