18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States 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
— 7 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
St. Helena
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
4
Oakville
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
5
Glen Ellen
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  15​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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in November; daily highs in San Diego reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Get outdoors at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Oak Canyon Nature Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 27th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

1
day
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, learn about winemaking at Beringer Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Charles Krug Winery, then do a tasting at Chateau Montelena, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful Geyser of California.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in November; daily highs in St. Helena reach 67°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oakville.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Calistoga
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Beringer Vineyards ©
Beringer Vineyards
Charles Krug Winery ©
Charles Krug Winery

1
night
Oakville

Oakville ©
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, learn about winemaking at Cakebread Cellars, then do a tasting at Inglenook, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Mumm Napa.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Oakville trip itinerary builder app .

Oakville is just a stone's throw from St. Helena. November in Oakville sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glen Ellen.

Things to do in Oakville

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Rutherford
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

1
night
Glen Ellen

Glen Ellen ©
Glen Ellen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Jack London State Historic Park, then do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sonoma Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Glen Ellen trip maker app .

Glen Ellen is very close to Oakville. In November in Glen Ellen, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Glen Ellen

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trip

Sonoma
Highlights from your plan
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park
Benziger Family Winery ©
Benziger Family Winery
Sonoma Valley ©
Sonoma Valley

1
night
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 2nd (Mon), learn about winemaking at Gary Farrell Winery, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Dry Creek Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Sapphire Hill Winery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip app .

Traveling by car from Glen Ellen to Healdsburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Dry Creek Vineyard ©
Dry Creek Vineyard

2
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 3rd (Tue): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then make a trip to Washburn Point, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 14°F, while days are slightly colder, around 46°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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