58 days in California Itinerary

58 days in California Itinerary

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58 days in California Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  26​h
1
Los Angeles
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 12 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Subway + Bus:  5​h
5
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 13 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Muscat

14
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.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Magicopolis, & more), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). Pack the 19th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles holiday builder .

Muscat, Oman to Los Angeles is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Muscat to Los Angeles, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Muscat in January: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Malibu, Hermosa Beach Pier, Two Rodeo Drive, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

10
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.
Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Visit Mission Beach Park and Children's Pool for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Encinitas (Moonlight Beach & Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage) and Carlsbad State Beach (in Carlsbad). Pack the 2nd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park, stroll through Pacific Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip maker .

Getting from San Diego to Carmel by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in February: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

12
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.
Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Museum Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to El Portal to see El Portal Market about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along May Lake Trailhead, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Merced Grove.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to St. Helena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

El Portal Market
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Escape the urban bustle at Sonoma Coast State Beach and Safari West. Get some cultural insight at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and Schramsberg Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Simi Winery (in Healdsburg) and Seed Bank (in Petaluma). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena travel planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to St. Helena in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February: high temperatures in St. Helena hover around 19°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Oakville, Calistoga, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Petaluma Seed Bank, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Safari West ©
Safari West
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach

13
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Step out of the city life by going to Twin Peaks and Fort Funston National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Montara State Beach (in Montara). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, take a stroll through Union Square, and stop by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Traveling from St. Helena in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in San Francisco. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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