26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+3
Fly + Bus + Foot + Bus:  7​h
4
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Anaheim
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Oxbow Public Market (in Napa) and Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma). Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, stroll through Baker Beach, look for gifts at Vital Tea Leaf, and steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to San Francisco is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Petaluma Seed Bank, Point Isabel, Oxbow Public Market
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by The Cheese Shop, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, stroll through Gaylor Lake, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and hike along Lembert Dome.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Malibu.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica Beach and Zuma Beach. Visiting Hermosa Beach Pier and Malibu Lagoon State Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Malibu: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Malibu online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Malibu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, tram, and bus; or do a combination of bus and tram. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Malibu: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

4
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
For shopping fun, head to Melrose Trading Post or The Grove. Get out of town with these interesting Anaheim side-trips: Los Angeles (Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Amoeba Music, & more). Have a day of magic on the 25th (Sat) at Disneyland Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Anaheim day trip planning website .

You can drive from Malibu to Anaheim in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, tram, and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Malibu, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Pack the 1st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Diego online tour builder .

You can drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Anaheim, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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