26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero. Step out of the city life by going to Baker Beach and Fort Funston National Park. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online day trip planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 10 hours. In December, San Francisco is slightly colder than Tel Aviv - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online vacation planner .

You can 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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 9°C to lows of -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Monterey online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in Monterey are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are warmer (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar 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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego day trip website .

You can fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In December, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Monterey - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

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 ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, then take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, and then stop by Brandini Toffee.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Brandini Toffee ©
Brandini Toffee

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Head to Bergamot Station and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Manhattan Beach in Manhattan Beach--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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