43 days in California, Utah & Washington DC Itinerary

43 days in California, Utah & Washington DC Itinerary

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43 days in California, Utah & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Park City
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
6
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
7
Washington DC
— 8 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Auckland

7
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, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online itinerary planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Auckland in February, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

6
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: hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, immerse yourself in nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, and don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in February, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (10°C), and nights are colder (-9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

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

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 25°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Park City.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

4
nights
Park City

Park City ©
Known globally as the home of the country's largest independent film festival, Park City finds its roots as an old silver boomtown located on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Alta Ski Resort (in Alta), Salt Lake City (Big Cottonwood Canyon & Land Cruiser Heritage Museum) and Backcountry Snowmobiling (in Coalville). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Deer Valley Resort, have fun at Park City Gun Club, and fly down the slopes at Wasatch Parc.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Park City tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Park City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Park City: temperatures range from 14°C by day to -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Park City

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Salt Lake City, Alta Ski Resort, Wasatch Parc, Backcountry Snowmobiling
Highlights from your plan
Backcountry Snowmobiling ©
Backcountry Snowmobiling
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Alta Ski Resort ©
Alta Ski Resort

4
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get out of town with these interesting Moab side-trips: Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park) and Mesa Arch (in Canyonlands National Park). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Corona Arch, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Moab travel app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Park City to Moab in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Park City in March: high temperatures in Moab hover around 19°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Delicate Arch, Dewey Bridge, Mesa Arch
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Corona Arch ©
Corona Arch

8
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience (in Frederick), National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle) and Baltimore (Urban Axes Baltimore, Horseshoe Casino, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, get a sense of history and politics at White House, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Washington DC route planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Washington DC in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Moab in March, plan for slightly colder days in Washington DC, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Baltimore, Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, National Museum of the Marine Corps
Highlights from your plan
Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience ©
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

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