48 days in California Itinerary

48 days in California Itinerary

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48 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
2
Trinidad
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
San Diego
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dubai

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to San Gregorio State Beach (in San Gregorio) and Gray Whale Cove State Beach (in Half Moon Bay). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Alcatraz Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco travel planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -12 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in November: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Trinidad.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

5
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. We've included these beaches for you: Enderts Beach and Trinidad State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park & California Coastal Trail), Golden Gait Mercantile (in Ferndale) and Humboldt Redwoods State Park (in Weott). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Clam Beach, admire the majestic nature at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and do a tasting at Moonstone Crossing Winery Tasting Room.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Trinidad online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Trinidad with the Route module. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in November, with highs in Trinidad at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Trinidad

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Clam Beach, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Golden Gait Mercantile
Highlights from your plan
Humboldt Redwoods State Park ©
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

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 Pope Beach and Kiva Beach for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy Commons Beach Park and Stream Profile Chamber. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Truckee (Tahoe Donner & Tahoe Donner Cross Country) and Tahoe City (Hellman-Ehrman Mansion & Tahoe Cross Country). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, hit the slopes at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Dorado Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Trinidad to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Trinidad in November; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 13°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Truckee, Lake Tahoe (California)
Highlights from your plan
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

9
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.
Family-friendly places like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome will thrill your kids. Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. On the 7th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gaylor Lake.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December, with lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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 Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Asilomar State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see Partington Cove, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and stop by The Cheese Shop.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Carmel hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, San Carlos Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

8
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.
Kids will enjoy La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. Relax by the water at Mission Beach Park and Black's Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and South Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Diego tour planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In December, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

8
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.
Visit Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach for some beach relaxation. Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Manhattan Beach and see Manhattan Beach, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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