23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Union Square, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online 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 subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to San Francisco is minus 12 hours. Traveling from Dubai in July, expect San Francisco to be cooler, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online journey planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, then get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Carmel to be somewhat warmer, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then admire all the interesting features of Point Sur State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Partington Cove, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then do a tasting at Cowgirl Winery, and finally do a tasting at Holman Ranch.

To find out how to plan a trip to Big Sur, use our trip itinerary maker.

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Carmel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Point Loma. Kids will appreciate attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego tour site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Big Sur to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Big Sur in August; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center make great kid-friendly stops. Head to The Grove and Hollywood & Highlandfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Mountains) and Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary planning site .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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