12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Washington DC

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Diego tour planner.

Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to San Diego due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the magic at Downtown Disney and then discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in May: highs in Anaheim hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll through Santa Monica State Beach, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation planner.

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Anaheim. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): stroll through Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Washburn Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 12 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop

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night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 29th (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

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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 30th (Sat): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Redwood National Park in May, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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