39 days in California Itinerary

39 days in California Itinerary

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39 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly:  29​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Truckee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Palm Springs
— 10 nights
Fly:  31​h
End: Dammam

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers for their historical value. Do your shopping at Union Square and Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in Sebastopol) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to San Francisco is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Dammam to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dammam in February, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Kelley House Museum, shop like a local with Highlight Gallery, look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then view the masterpieces at Ananse Village, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery. On the next day, examine the collection at Guest House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Triangle Tattoo and Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Jug Handle State Reserve.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Fort Bragg using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Fort Bragg takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Fort Bragg, with lows of 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Highlight Gallery ©
Highlight Gallery
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Kelley House Museum ©
Kelley House Museum

4
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Indian Valley Museum and Kentucky Mine Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fine Eye Gallery and Baiocchi Tasting Room. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau Davell (in Camino), Saluti Cellars (in Somerset) and Plumas County Museum (in Quincy). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Golden Drift Museum, glide through natural beauty at Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters, and immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Truckee trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Fort Bragg to Truckee by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fort Bragg in March; daily highs in Truckee reach 11°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Winter Sports Museums

Side Trips

Sutter Creek, Indian Valley Museum, Kentucky Mine Museum, Plumas County Museum, Saluti Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Indian Valley Museum ©
Indian Valley Museum
Golden Drift Museum ©
Golden Drift Museum

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Falls. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: Mono Basin Historical Society (in Lee Vining) and Mono County Museum (in Bridgeport). On the 13th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the exciting artwork at Ansel Adams Gallery, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Truckee to Yosemite National Park. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bridgeport, Mono Basin Historical Society
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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. Appreciate the collections at Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery. Visit Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur & Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, get a taste of the local shopping with Weston Gallery, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Carmel, with highs around 20°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Get some cultural insight at Hearst Castle and Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Museum-lovers will appreciate artifacts gallery and Fiona Bleu Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Cambria side-trips: Morro Rock (in Morro Bay), Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and Sweet Springs Nature Preserve (in Los Osos). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria route builder app .

You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, Jack Creek Celllars
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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.
Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and Melrose Trading Post. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Cambria to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Cambria in March, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

10
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Do your shopping at Borrego Art Institute and The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Palm Springs Air Museum and Palm Springs Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Palm Springs: Palm Desert (Heather James Fine Art & CODA Gallery), Borrego Springs (Hellhole Canyon Trail, Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail, & more) and Toscana Country Club (in Indian Wells). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of El Paseo Shopping District, see the interesting displays at Integratron, take an in-depth tour of Cabot's Pueblo Museum, and explore the galleries of Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden.

Before you visit Palm Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Palm Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Palm Springs, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Palm Desert, Twentynine Palms, Landers, Ricardo Breceda Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Sunnylands Center & Gardens ©
Sunnylands Center & Gardens

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