56 days in California Itinerary

56 days in California Itinerary

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56 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 8 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Truckee
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Dubai

10
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more) and Santa Monica Farmers Market (in Santa Monica). Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or fly. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -12 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 48 minutes away. Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Diego day trip website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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. Carmel is known for nature, scenic drive, beaches, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

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

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in January, expect Carmel to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Bixby Bridge, Garland Ranch Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

7
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 out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Sierra National Forest (in Clovis), Manzanar National Historic Site (in Independence) and Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (in Bishop). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Carmel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Carmel in January, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sierra National Forest, Manzanar National Historic Site, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site

10
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.
On the 27th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Pothole Dome, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel route builder website .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (7°C), and nights are cooler (-12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Truckee: South Lake Tahoe (Vikingsholm, Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, & more). On the 10th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Northstar California. On the 9th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Soda Springs. And it doesn't end there: glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, trot along with Tahoe Donner, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Truckee trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Truckee in 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Truckee can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Truckee

#Outdoors, #Winter Sports, #Parks

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe Donner ©
Tahoe Donner
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

1
night
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.
On the 11th (Mon), do a tasting at Ferrari-Carano Winery, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Healdsburg trip builder website .

Getting from Truckee to Healdsburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Truckee in February, you will find days in Healdsburg are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are much hotter (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

#Tours, #Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Ferrari-Carano Winery ©
Ferrari-Carano Winery

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos and tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Museums, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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