42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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42 days in California Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 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:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Truckee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Trinidad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
San Francisco
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  21​h
End: Abu Dhabi

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 11th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach and get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route builder .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles is minus 12 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Nicholas Canyon Beach, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Relax by the water at Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Visiting Giant Forest and Congress Trail will get you outdoors. Take a break from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with a short trip to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence, about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Moro Rock, cruise along Generals Hwy, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

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 warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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 20th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carmel online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Get outdoors at Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Spend the 27th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Four Mile Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip site .

You can 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. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 33°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
Truckee

Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Relax by the water at West End Beach and Commons Beach Park. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Truckee River Bike Trail. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Judah Loop Trail, get engrossed in the history at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, steep yourself in history at Old Truckee Jail Museum, and grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Truckee trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Truckee, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Tahoe City
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baldwin Beach and El Dorado Beach. Get outdoors at Meeks Bay Beach and Pope Beach. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe route planner .

Traveling by car from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Eagle Falls Trail, Meeks Bay Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

3
nights
Trinidad

Trinidad ©
Trinidad is a seaside city in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8mi north of the Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15mi north of the college town of Arcata. Step out of the city life by going to Redwood National Park and Tall Trees Grove. Explore Trinidad's surroundings by going to Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott), Hikshari Trail (in Eureka) and Humboldt Coastal Nature Center (in Manila). The adventure continues: trek along Trillium Falls Hike, immerse yourself in nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, kick back and relax at Camel Rock, and take a memorable drive along Redwood Highway.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trinidad online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Trinidad takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Trinidad: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Eureka, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Humboldt Coastal Nature Center, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Point St George Park, hike along California Coastal Trail, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Pebble Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and then trek along Stout Grove.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Crescent City trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Trinidad to Crescent City in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Crescent City can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Redwood National Park
Highlights from your plan
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. Visiting Alcatraz Island and China Beach will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and stroll through Baker Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip tool .

Getting from Crescent City to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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