13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
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 25th (Tue), kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planning website .

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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Downtown Disney, have fun at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim online day trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Anaheim sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Anaheim in December, things will get much colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 46°F and lows about 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip builder .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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