18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

3
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker 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 difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (71°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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

5
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, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey maker website .

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 and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

5
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, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco 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 bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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