6 days in California Itinerary

6 days in California Itinerary

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6 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
4
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

few
hours
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 1st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carmel online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in December, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Breakwater
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Curry Village Ice Rink, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in January, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 44°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 3rd (Thu), get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Anaheim trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yosemite National Park to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January; daily highs in Anaheim reach 71°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

2
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.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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