16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Step off the beaten path and head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and El Matador State Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Newport Beach (about 1h 05 min away). There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, stop by Fred Segal, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Los Angeles is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Los Angeles to be much colder, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Fred Segal, Camarillo Premium Outlets, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, El Matador State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
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.
On the 18th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then shop like a local with Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Tue), see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and then admire all the interesting features of Point Loma.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Diego online tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial ©

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 22nd (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, then kick back and relax at Glass Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jug Handle State Reserve. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Noyo Headlands Park, explore the activities along Big River, then make a trip to Albion River Bridge, and finally learn about winemaking at Handley Cellars Winery.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Fort Bragg in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Fort Bragg are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are slightly colder (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Handley Cellars Winery, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Bodega Dunes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello di Amorosa and City Lights Booksellers. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery in Santa Rosa, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a stroll through Union Square, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online road trip planner .

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Bragg in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are colder, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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