26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  20​h
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, Head underground at Bronson Caves, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Los Angeles is minus 12 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dubai in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Seal Rookery and Piedras Blancas. Attractions like Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, learn about winemaking at Moonstone Cellars, and look for gifts at Lucia Apothecary.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
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. Attractions like Point Lobos State Reserve and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Cannery Row. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay and admire all the interesting features of Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel vacation maker website .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in July, you will find days in Carmel are somewhat warmer (23°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Tunnel View. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company (in Bear Valley), Tioga Rd (in Lee Vining) and Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum (in Groveland). The adventure continues: cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tioga Rd, Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Bear Valley Adventure Company
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Napa to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and have fun at RocketBoat.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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