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
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Dammam

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles vacation planner .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Dammam to Los Angeles, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dammam in July: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 33°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica State Beach, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

5
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.
Attractions like La Jolla Cove and SeaWorld San Diego make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour builder website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Get in touch with nature at Giant Forest and Congress Trail. Go for a jaunt from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Ponderosa to see Trail of 100 Giants about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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 6th (Tue): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by AiX, then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

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You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Dolphin & Whale Watching, AiX
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Ghirardelli Square will thrill your kids. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
For shopping fun, head to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters or Wyland Galleries. We've included these beaches for you: West End Beach and Baldwin Beach. Step out of South Lake Tahoe with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Tahoe City--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and trek along Eagle Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tahoe City, West End Beach, Emerald Bay State Park, Meeks Bay Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
River Rafting & Tubing

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Lembert Dome, cruise along Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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