17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

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
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
6
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
8
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11 h 30 min
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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Maritime Museum of San Diego. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary app.

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. Traveling from Washington DC to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive 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 19th (Tue): make a trip to Downtown Disney and then get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers and then discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anaheim online visit planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to 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.
On the 21st (Thu), engage your brain at California Science Center, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Travel Town, then get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online vacation planner.

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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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 23rd (Sat): get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, then admire the striking features of Vikingsholm, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Nevada State Museum, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Harbor.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip planning site.

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nevada State Museum, Sand Harbor, Emerald Bay State Park, Genoa Cemetery
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Cannery Row, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then kick back and relax at Point Lobos.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Monterey travel site.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to Monterey in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in May, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

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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 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, then take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Golden Gate Park and then get curious at Exploratorium.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip website.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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 30th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Redwood National Park trip builder app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Redwood National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in May, things will get slightly colder in Redwood National Park: highs are around 60°F and lows about 47°F. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Redwood National Park

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

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