22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Pescadero
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

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.
The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and examine the collection at Museum of Tolerance.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planner.

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 fly. Traveling from Dubai to Los Angeles, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get much colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

4
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 some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll through Black's Beach, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego road trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 3rd (Sat), learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena trip maker tool .

Getting from San Diego to St. Helena by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, plan for slightly colder nights in St. Helena, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

1
night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach and then stroll through Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pescadero route planning site .

You can drive from St. Helena to Pescadero in 2.5 hours. Traveling from St. Helena in August, expect nights in Pescadero to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carmel driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pescadero to Carmel takes 2 hours. When traveling from Pescadero in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation site .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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