24 days in California, Texas & Washington DC Itinerary

24 days in California, Texas & Washington DC Itinerary

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24 days in California, Texas & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  6​h
3
Washington DC
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Oakville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Auckland


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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.
Shop till you drop at The Grove and Hollywood & Highland. Your inner history buff will appreciate El Pueblo de Los Angeles and La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Hermosa Beach Pier in Hermosa Beach--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Los Angeles, you'll gain 20 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hermosa Beach Pier, Santa Monica State Beach
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
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 1st (Mon), take a stroll around Tower of the Americas. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of La Villita Historic Arts Village, steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Capistrano, and finally appreciate the history behind The Alamo.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Antonio travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles to San Antonio, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get a bit cooler in San Antonio: highs are around 20°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Air and Space Museum and National Gallery of Art. Museum-lovers will get to explore United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. When in Washington DC, make a side trip to see National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Archives Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Washington National Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at National Portrait Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Newseum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Washington DC trip itinerary builder.

Getting from San Antonio to Washington DC by combination of flight and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Antonio in January, with highs in Washington DC at 8°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

National Museum of the Marine Corps
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National Museum of the Marine Corps ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

4
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. The adventure continues: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and stroll through Mission Beach Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Washington DC to San Diego in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in January; daily highs in San Diego reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in Carmel reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oakville.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
Oakville

Oakville ©
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and finally stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oakville vacation builder.

Drive from Carmel to Oakville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, subway, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Oakville. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Oakville

Tours Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Napa, Schramsberg Vineyards, Inglenook, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco holiday planner.

Drive from Oakville to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from Oakville in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in San Francisco. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Fri).

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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