36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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36 days in California Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Marysville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Santa Rosa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Jerusalem

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Jerusalem, Israel to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Jerusalem in May; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and stroll through Black's Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Simeon online travel planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Diego in May, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Moss Landing (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Del Mar Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Moss Landing
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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.
Spend the 29th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Dome.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip app .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in May, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Marysville.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

3
nights
Marysville

Marysville ©
Marysville is the county seat of Yuba County, California, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marysville: Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park (in Chico), Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (in Colusa) and Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge (in Willows). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Falconry and stroll through Foresthill Divide.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marysville sightseeing planner .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Marysville with the Route module. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect Marysville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Marysville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Auburn State Recreation Area, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge ©
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area ©
Gray Lodge Wildlife Area

4
nights
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa ©
Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
You'll get in some beach time at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Goat Rock Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Bodega Dunes (in Bodega), B Bryan Preserve (in Point Arena) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). Dedicate the 11th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Safari West and make a trip to Patrick Amiot.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Rosa online vacation planner .

Getting from Marysville to Santa Rosa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Marysville in June, expect Santa Rosa to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Patrick Amiot, Bodega Dunes, B Bryan Preserve, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Goat Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve in Moss Beach (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Rosa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Santa Rosa in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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