14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 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 16th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego travel route builder 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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in June, with highs in San Diego at 73°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, engage your brain at California Science Center, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Family-friendly places like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles will thrill your kids. Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip maker app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Carmel road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 68°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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