36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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36 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, view the masterpieces at Annenberg Community Beach House, and learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kuwait City in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Annenberg Community Beach House
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©

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.
For shopping fun, head to Gaslamp Quarter or Africa and Beyond. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego tour site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

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
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

5
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Visit Tallac Historic Site and Bodie State Historic Park for their historical value. Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: West End Beach (in Truckee) and Gatekeeper's Museum (in Tahoe City). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Meeks Bay Beach, kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe journey maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to South Lake Tahoe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, plan for cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gatekeeper's Museum, West End Beach, Bodie State Historic Park, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

5
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Head to Mumm Napa and Oxbow Public Marketfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum and Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery. Explore Napa's surroundings by going to Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen), St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Modus Operandi Cellars, & more) and Schramsberg Vineyards (in Calistoga). And it doesn't end there: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and savor the flavors at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Napa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Napa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Napa, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

St. Helena, Yountville, Glen Ellen, Oakville, Rutherford
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

5
nights
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Appreciate the collections at Charles M. Schulz Museum and Patrick Amiot. Relax by the water at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Bodega Dunes. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino), Pennyroyal Farm (in Boonville) and Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner). There's more to do: do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Healdsburg trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Napa to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Healdsburg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Pech Merle Winery, Patrick Amiot, Pennyroyal Farm, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Stephen & Walker Winery ©
Stephen & Walker Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

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. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary site .

Getting from Healdsburg to Carmel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Healdsburg in August, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Garland Ranch Regional Park, Pfeiffer State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, wander the streets of Union Square, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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