13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  11 h 30 min
1
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  4 h 15 min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
San Diego
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  7 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then trek along Redwood National Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park online trip builder.

Washington DC to Redwood National Park is an approximately 11.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Redwood National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in Redwood National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): engage your brain at Exploratorium, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip planner.

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. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Redwood National Park in May, with highs in San Francisco at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
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.
On the 24th (Sun), get great views at Washburn Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally trek along Four Mile Trail. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Yosemite Village, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then have fun and explore at Travel Town, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and finally stop by Amoeba Music. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, then catch a movie at California Science Center, and finally explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles journey maker tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 12 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 28th (Thu), laugh and play at Downtown Disney and then discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim trip itinerary planning site.

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In May, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to San Diego.

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

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 30th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary website.

Drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Anaheim, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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