21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

3
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.
When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and walk around Balboa Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego route planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Diego is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Dubai to San Diego, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

5
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, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 18th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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