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 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 3 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool. The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, learn more about the world around you at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker tool .

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. Traveling from Washington DC to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 68°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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. When in Anaheim, make a side trip to see Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, approximately 1 hour away.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Anaheim itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Anaheim sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Universal Studios Hollywood
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Glacier Point. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

Getting from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in December, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 46°F and lows about 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel road trip site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 62°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

3
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 31st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, then explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Exploratorium, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in December, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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