27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Shop till you drop at Union Square and City Lights Booksellers. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to San Francisco. Traveling from Dubai in July, expect San Francisco to be colder, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery, cruise along Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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 5th (Mon): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

1
night
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pescadero trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Pescadero takes 2 hours. When traveling from Carmel in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pescadero: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Pescadero

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally stop by Dean & DeLuca. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, then do a tasting at Benziger Family Winery, and then do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Pescadero to St. Helena takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Pescadero, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in St. Helena, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Safari West, Robert Mondavi Winery, Benziger Family Winery, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Safari West ©
Safari West
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visit La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from St. Helena to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Helena in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 23°C in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Get outdoors at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Santa Monica to see Third Street Promenade about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, browse the eclectic array of goods at Melrose Trading Post, and don't miss a visit to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online journey planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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