22 days in California & Capital Region USA Itinerary

22 days in California & Capital Region USA Itinerary

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22 days in California & Capital Region USA Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​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
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Truckee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
6
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Diego day trip app .

Toronto, Canada to San Diego is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Diego. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in January, with highs in San Diego at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles attractions planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in January, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (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
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
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: stroll through Badger Pass Ski Area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and make a trip to Pothole Dome.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park attractions planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C and lows are around -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Curry Village Ice Rink ©
Curry Village Ice Rink

1
night
Truckee

Truckee
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country, glide through natural beauty at Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Truckee route planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Truckee takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Truckee are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Truckee

Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Tahoe Cross Country

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, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner .

You can drive from Truckee to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Truckee in February, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 19°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience in Frederick, approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, meet the residents at National Zoological Park, and appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Washington DC trip planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Washington DC in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and subway; or drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in February, things will get slightly colder in Washington DC: highs are around 10°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience
Highlights from your plan
Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum

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