22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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San Diego
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Virginia City
— 1 night
— 4 nights
— 4 nights


San Diego — 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately Encinitas away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Diego tour builder website.

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature
Side Trip

Los Angeles — 4 nights

City of Angels

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 Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get curious at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour itinerary planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to San Francisco.
Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Side Trips

San Francisco — 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for sightseeing, nature, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and stroll around Crissy Field.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Virginia City.
Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Virginia City — 1 night

Virginia City is a census-designated place (CDP) that is the county seat of Storey County, Nevada. On the 18th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Liberty Engine Company No. 1 Comstock Firemen's Museum and then examine the collection at Silver State National Peace Officers Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Virginia City holiday planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Virginia City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Virginia City to be cooler, around 21°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Portland.

Portland — 4 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: The Historic Carousel and Museum (in Albany), Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (in Hood River) and Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, explore the engaging exhibits at Portland Children's Museum, examine the collection at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and do a tasting at Willamette Valley Vineyards.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Virginia City to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Virginia City in December, Portland is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to Seattle.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Seattle — 4 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Tacoma (Washington State History Museum, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stroll around Volunteer Park Conservatory, wander the streets of Bellevue Square, and look for gifts at Archie McPhee.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip planner.

Fly from Portland to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Seattle, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 37°F at night. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Side Trips

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Oregon travel guide

Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Washington State travel guide

Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.