23 days in California & Potomac Highlands Itinerary

23 days in California & Potomac Highlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly to Yeager Airport, Drive to Elkins
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Elkins
— 3 nights
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Snowshoe
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Bergamot Station, &more). Pack the 18th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool.

Washington to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Los Angeles is minus 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington in November: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 76°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 7 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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Crissy Field, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 64°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Elkins.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Childrens Museums

Elkins

— 3 nights
Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins (1841–1911), a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. Change things up with these side-trips from Elkins: Top Kick's Military Museum (in Petersburg) and Davis (Blackwater Falls State Park & WVHighlands Artisan Gallery). There's lots more to do: deepen your understanding at Augusta Heritage Center, get engrossed in the history at The Stirrup Gallery of Davis & Elkins College, and stroll through Dolly Sods.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Elkins itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from San Francisco to Elkins. Traveling from San Francisco to Elkins, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get slightly colder in Elkins: highs are around 47°F and lows about 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Snowshoe.

Things to do in Elkins

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Snowshoe

— 3 nights
Snowshoe is an unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States, centering on the Snowshoe Mountain ski resort. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Snowshoe: Greenbrier River Trail (in Hillsboro) and Seneca State Forest (in Marlinton). The adventure continues: play a few rounds at Raven Golf Club, stroll through Cheat Mountain Ridge Natural Trail, explore by horseback at Cheat Mountain Stables, and trek along Shavers Lake & Lift Rides.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Snowshoe road trip planning website.

You can drive from Elkins to Snowshoe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Elkins in December, expect nights in Snowshoe to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are little chillier, around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Snowshoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

California travel guide

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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.