20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Riyadh
Fly:  24​h
Santa Cruz
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
Riyadh

2
days
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moss Landing State Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz trip generator.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Santa Cruz is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Riyadh to Santa Cruz due to the time zone difference. In September, Santa Cruz is cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Moss Landing State Beach, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach

5
days
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, trek along Lembert Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Cruz in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome

3
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Get in touch with nature at Hermosa Beach Pier and Will Rogers State Beach. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Manhattan Beach in Manhattan Beach, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and pause for some photo ops at Watts Towers.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 35°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach
Hermosa Beach Pier

3
days
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 get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Get in touch with nature at Mission Beach Park and La Jolla Shores Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, and admire the striking features of Marston House Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park
Children's Pool

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. We've included these beaches for you: China Beach and Rodeo Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, stroll through Point Isabel, and kick back and relax at Baker Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rodeo Beach, Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park

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