26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  21​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

2
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.
Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and stroll the grounds of Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online journey planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Diego is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to San Diego is minus 12 hours. In May, San Diego is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 25°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Mountains. For shopping fun, head to Montana Avenue or Annenberg Space for Photography. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Two Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills), Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and look for gifts at Whimsic Alley.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive, Oak Canyon Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
For shopping fun, head to Yosemite Museum Gallery or Ansel Adams Gallery. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 21°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
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. On the 24th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, Carmel is somewhat 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

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Let the collections at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Mumm Napa capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Robert Mondavi Winery and V. Sattui Winery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Napa (Artesa Vineyards & Winery & Domaine Carneros), Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Sonoma Valley (in Sonoma). There's still lots to do: stop by Oxbow Public Market, indulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip planner.

Drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in May, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Benziger Family Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and de Young Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Union Square, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

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

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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