12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dubai

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to San Francisco. In November, San Francisco is much colder than Dubai - with highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 29th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 14°C by day to -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Bergamot Station. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hammer Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue, & more) and Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, with highs in Los Angeles at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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