19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
+3
bus + subway + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dubai

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Exploratorium and Ferry Building Marketplace. Attractions like California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

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. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Step out of St. Helena with an excursion to Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and savor the flavors at Mumm Napa.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, Chateau St. Jean, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

4
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and car from St. Helena to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from St. Helena in August, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Griffith Observatory and California Science Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 2nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Head underground at Bronson Caves, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect much warmer with lows of 22°C in Los Angeles. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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