20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

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Washington DC to San Diego is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 68°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

4
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.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, contemplate the long history of Avila Adobe, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in December, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Range. Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along Mariposa Grove, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

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Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 12 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in January: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 44°F and lows are around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, you will find days in Monterey are a bit warmer (62°F), and nights are much hotter (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Point Lobos
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Muir Woods National Monument and Golden Gate Promenade. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, walk around Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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