26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  29 h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Mumbai

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Curry Village Ice Rink. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Yosemite Museum Gallery, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hoffmann.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday maker site .

Mumbai, India to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 13 hours traveling from Mumbai to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in January, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 7°C and lows about -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Melrose Trading Post or The Grove. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Collection at Riverpark and Camarillo Premium Outlets. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Montana Avenue, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Collection at Riverpark, Two Rodeo Drive, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Melrose Trading Post ©
Melrose Trading Post
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Step out of the city life by going to Slot Canyon and South Lykken Trail. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at El Paseo Shopping District and Heather James Fine Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Borrego Springs (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Art Institute, & more) and CODA Gallery (in Palm Desert). There's still lots to do: stop by Brandini Toffee, delve into the distant past at Indian Canyons, admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs.

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Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in January, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Seal Rookery and Cambria Nursery & Florist. Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach and Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. Venture out of the city with trips to Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Fiona Bleu Gallery). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, browse for treasures at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Cambria itinerary planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to Cambria in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Springs in January, expect Cambria to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Jack Creek Celllars, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Cheese Shop and Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Go for a jaunt from Carmel to Big Sur to see Coast Gallery Big Sur about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

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You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ramini Mozzarella and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Calistoga to see Castello di Amorosa about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Union Square, browse the different shops at Ghirardelli Square, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and get into the urban bustle at Chinese Culture Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramini Mozzarella, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Monterey Market, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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