56 days in California Itinerary

56 days in California Itinerary

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56 days in California Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Eureka
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Paso Robles
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Manama

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Stinson Beach (in Stinson Beach) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at Limantour Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sculptured Beach, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Manama, Bahrain to San Francisco is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 11 hours. Traveling from Manama in July, expect San Francisco to be cooler, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Point Reyes National Seashore, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Stinson Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

5
nights
Healdsburg

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Gualala Point Regional Park and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Take a break from the city and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Salt Point State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Healdsburg side-trips: Iron Horse Vineyards (in Sebastopol) and Handley Cellars Winery (in Philo). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Healdsburg trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Gualala Point Regional Park, Handley Cellars Winery, Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Iron Horse Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Get outdoors at Camel Rock and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Redwood National Park and Moonstone Beach. Step out of Eureka to go to Ferndale and see Ferndale Historic Cemetery, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Sequoia Park Garden, visit a coastal fixture at Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, and identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka online trip maker .

You can drive from Healdsburg to Eureka in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Healdsburg in July, expect nights in Eureka to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Trinidad, Redwood National Park, Clendenen's Cider Works, Ferndale Historic Cemetery, Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and Wyland Galleries. Get outdoors at Baldwin Beach and Burnt Cedar Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Sherwood Demonstration Garden (in Placerville), Genoa Cemetery (in Genoa) and Sand Harbor (in Incline Village). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kiva Beach, admire the majestic nature at D.L. Bliss State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakeside Beach, and explore the activities along Fallen Leaf Lake.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Eureka to South Lake Tahoe in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Eureka in August, plan for a bit warmer days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Incline Village, Lake Tahoe (California), Sherwood Demonstration Garden, Genoa Cemetery, Fallen Leaf Lake
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Panorama Trail and Tuolumne Meadows. Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Lake Mary. Get in touch with nature at Tioga Rd and Parker Lake Trail. On the 20th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mammoth Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, explore the activities along Convict Lake, tee off at Sierra Star Golf Club, and take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes online attractions planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes by bus takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Parker Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Mountain ©
Mammoth Mountain
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Tioga Rd
Tioga Rd

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Congress Trail. Visiting Kings Canyon National Park and General Grant Tree Trail will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Mount Whitney Trail (in Lone Pine) and Eastern California Museum (in Independence). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and make a trip to General Sherman Tree.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park planner .

Take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 41°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Independence, Mount Whitney Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Point Lobos will get you outdoors. Ocean Avenue and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: stroll through Scenic Road Walkway, explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and kick back and relax at Lovers Point.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

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. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect nights in Carmel to be a bit cooler, around 16°C, while days are cooler, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

6
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Escape the urban bustle at Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Seal Rookery and Niner Wine Estates. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paso Robles: Morro Bay Skateboard Museum (in Morro Bay), Piedras Blancas (in San Simeon) and Cambria (Cambria Nursery & Florist & Piedras Blancas Light Station). There's much more to do: do a tasting at Castoro Cellars, take in the history at Mission San Miguel Arcangel, and make a splash at Ravine Waterpark.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Paso Robles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Paso Robles hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Morro Bay Skateboard Museum, Mission San Miguel Arcangel, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Camarillo Premium Outlets and Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, browse the different shops at The Grove, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and stop by Liza Shtromberg Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles planning tool .

Traveling by car from Paso Robles to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier, Camarillo Premium Outlets, Mission San Juan Capistrano
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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