24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  25​h
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City

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 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, trek along Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Carmel is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Carmel. Traveling from Kuwait City in August, expect Carmel to be much colder, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage in Encinitas, approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online vacation builder .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. Head to Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Stationfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Monica: Hollywood Walk of Fame (in Los Angeles) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. August in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Butterfly Beach, do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara attractions planner .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. Traveling from Santa Monica in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Barbara, with lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, Butterfly Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Jaffurs Wine Cellars ©
Jaffurs Wine Cellars

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, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Merced Grove, stroll through Panorama Trail, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park journey app .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
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.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, stop by Boudin Bistro, and get into the urban bustle at Civic Center.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Ghirardelli Square ©
Ghirardelli Square

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