16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
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.
On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, wander the streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, take in nature's colorful creations at The Japanese Garden, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): learn about winemaking at VGS Chateau Potelle, do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, thenlook for gifts at Woodhouse Chocolate, and finally do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the St. Helena road trip planning app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
VGS Chateau Potelle ©
VGS Chateau Potelle
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

4
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, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, walk around Golden Gate Park, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 76°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

Fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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