15 days in California & Washington DC Itinerary

15 days in California & Washington DC Itinerary

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15 days in California & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​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
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Dallas to San Diego is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 77°F and lows reach 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Disneyland Park). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

Find out how to plan Yosemite National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in July, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
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.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Washington DC takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in August; daily highs in Washington DC reach 87°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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