29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  23​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Santa Monica
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Bengaluru

5
nights
San Francisco

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: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Baker Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco vacation planner.

Bengaluru, India to San Francisco is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Bengaluru to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in June, with highs in San Francisco at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, San Gregorio State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and San Carlos Cathedral. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: New Brighton State Beach (in Capitola) and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (in Big Sur). There's more to do: stroll through Asilomar State Beach and enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, New Brighton State Beach, San Carlos Cathedral
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
New Brighton State Beach ©
New Brighton State Beach

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature Center at Happy Isles and Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route maker .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Let the collections at Griffith Observatory and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Los Angeles (Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Nethercutt Collection, & more) and Norton Simon Museum (in Pasadena). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica route planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Santa Monica are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Museums, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

6
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.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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