59 days in California Itinerary

59 days in California Itinerary

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59 days in California Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 10 nights
+2
Fly + Train + Bus:  21​h
End: Abu Dhabi

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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center, The Disney Gallery, & more), Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Santa Monica Mountains, & more) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Hammer Museum, admire the masterpieces at Craft & Folk Art Museum, gain insight at Otis College of Art and Design Gallery, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with Melrose Trading Post.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip maker .

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. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in June: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 30°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive, Running Horse Ranch, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

7
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.
For shopping fun, head to Gaslamp Quarter or Spanish Village Art Center. Get in touch with nature at La Jolla Cove and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, steep yourself in history at Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, take in the waterfront at Embarcadero, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in San Diego hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

6
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. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Art Association. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery and The Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Hearst Castle in San Simeon--about 1h 55 min away. Spend the 26th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, indulge your taste buds at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row, and take an in-depth tour of Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Carmel vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect Carmel to be slightly colder, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey, Hearst Castle
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at Ansel Adams Gallery and Bodie State Historic Park. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the views from Pohono Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

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Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery and Wyland Galleries. Popular historic sites such as Tallac Historic Site and Lake Tahoe are in your itinerary. Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Nevada State Museum (in Carson City), Gatekeeper's Museum (in Tahoe City) and Incline Village (Sand Harbor & Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, admire the landmark architecture of Vikingsholm, immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe day trip planning website .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in South Lake Tahoe can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Incline Village, Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe, Nevada State Museum, Genoa Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

8
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get some historical perspective at Jack London State Historic Park and Castello di Amorosa. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Oxbow Public Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Sonoma (Sonoma Valley & Sonoma Barracks), Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen) and Napa (Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Domaine Carneros, & more). Dedicate the 17th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars and view the masterpieces at Mumm Napa.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our St. Helena online driving holiday planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July since evenings lows in St. Helena dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Nature

Side Trips

Napa, Rutherford, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, Calistoga
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

10
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park will get you outdoors. For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, wander the streets of SoMa, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip site .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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