31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Cairo
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Cairo

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site .

Cairo, Egypt to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Cairo to San Francisco. Traveling from Cairo in December, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

7
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.
On the 31st (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, trek along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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 (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carmel travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

6
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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. Pack the 12th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 15th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore and take pictures at STAPLES Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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