22 days in Washington DC, Texas & California Itinerary

22 days in Washington DC, Texas & California Itinerary

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22 days in Washington DC, Texas & California Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Washington DC
— 2 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Auckland


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2
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tidal Basin and National Zoological Park. Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC day trip tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Washington DC is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is minus 17 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Auckland in March: highs in Washington DC hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
day
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 15th (Sun), admire the landmark architecture of Tower of the Americas, wander the streets of Southtown, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then trek along The San Antonio River Walk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Antonio itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Washington DC to San Antonio in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Antonio is minus 1 hour. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in March: highs in San Antonio hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Antonio

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Southtown ©
Southtown

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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park will get you outdoors. Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Antonio to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to San Diego is minus 2 hours. When traveling from San Antonio in March, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

3
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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Get a sense of the local culture at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. There's more to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles route tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. March in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure 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.
Get outdoors at North Dome and Fishing Charters & Tours. Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.

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 March: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 13°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (20°C), and nights are much warmer (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Take a break from the city and head to Twin Peaks and Baker Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of North Beach, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In March in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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