32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio), VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip site .

Jakarta, Indonesia to San Francisco is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Jakarta to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jakarta in December, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, San Gregorio State Beach, Castello di Amorosa, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Mission. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista), Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park) and Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Capitola Beach, learn about winemaking at Caraccioli Cellars, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Piedras Blancas, Mission San Juan Bautista, Capitola Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Attractions like Badger Pass Ski Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Stanislaus National Forest in Hathaway Pines, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, trek along Four Mile Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are colder with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Stanislaus National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and The Racetrack. Step out of the city life by going to Titus Canyon and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, and admire nature's extreme beauty at Devil's Corn Field.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much warmer, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

7
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Newport Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and The Broad. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach), Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (in Yorba Linda) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, get curious at California Science Center, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Newport Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Disneyland Park, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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