21 days in Washington DC & California Itinerary

21 days in Washington DC & California Itinerary

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21 days in Washington DC & California Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
+3
train + Fly + bus + train:  12​h 45​min
1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  15​h 45​min
End: Cardiff

4
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.
Step out of Washington DC to go to Gettysburg and see Gettysburg National Military Park, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Washington DC online road trip planner .

Cardiff, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, bus, and subway; or do a combination of flight, bus, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Washington DC is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in July, expect Washington DC to be a bit warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gettysburg National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Gettysburg National Military Park ©
Gettysburg National Military Park
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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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 zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, and take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Diego planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Washington DC to San Diego takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in San Diego reach 29°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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
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). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

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

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, stroll through Panorama Trail, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect colder with lows of 9°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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

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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, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and get curious at Exploratorium.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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