26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  26​h
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Nairobi

5
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.
Head to The Grove and Amoeba Musicfor plenty of shopping. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, wander the streets of Angelino Heights Historic Area, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, and examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications.

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Nairobi, Kenya to Los Angeles is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Nairobi to Los Angeles. Traveling from Nairobi in December, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 23°C and lows about 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then trek along Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from San Diego in December, with highs in Carmel at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Bring the kids along to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop. There's lots more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

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Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Green Apple Booksfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Union Square, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

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Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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