26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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St. Helena
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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 Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Diego online route planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Diego is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -12 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in San Diego at 25°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
La Jolla Cove
4.7
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Must see
USS Midway Museum
4.8

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

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 Montana Avenue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Two Rodeo Drive or Annenberg Space for Photography. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Mountains & Third Street Promenade) and Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Los Angeles tour builder tool.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Specialty Museum
The Getty Center
4.8
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Pier / Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier
4.1

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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.
Let the collections at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery capture your imagination. Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View will get you outdoors. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (21°C), and nights are cooler (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Glacier Point
4.9
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Hiking Trail
Tuolumne Meadows
4.7
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Waterfall
Vernal Fall
4.8

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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 24th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel day trip site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Carmel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Point Lobos
4.9
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.5

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©

The Heart Of Napa Valley

The city of St.
Get in touch with nature at Sonoma Valley and Balloon Rides. For shopping fun, head to Oxbow Public Market or Mumm Napa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Napa (Artesa Vineyards & Winery, The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, &more). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery and step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St. Helena trip maker app.

Drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or fly. When traveling from Carmel in May, plan for a bit warmer days in St. Helena, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Winery / Vineyard
Robert Mondavi Winery
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Art Gallery
Mumm Napa
4.2

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, take a stroll through SoMa, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco attractions planning app.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Alcatraz Island
4.7
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Pier / Boardwalk
Fisherman's Wharf
3.4

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