25 days in California Itinerary

25 days in California Itinerary

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25 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  26 h
1
Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Bus:  5 h 30 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Ukiah
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Paso Robles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  19 h
End: Dubai

4
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Badwater and Mosaic Canyon. Get outdoors at Zabriskie Point and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Artists Dr and take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 12 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in March, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are cooler (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to Olmsted Point and then hike along Wawona Meadow. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 14°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum
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El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

3
nights
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Navarro Vineyards & Winery and Handley Cellars Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Husch Vineyards & Winery and Nelson Family Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ukiah: Goldeneye Winery (in Philo), Sea Glass Museum (in Fort Bragg) and Jug Handle State Reserve (in Mendocino).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ukiah trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Ukiah in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, Ukiah is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 21°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Ukiah

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Philo, Jug Handle State Reserve, Sea Glass Museum
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Navarro Vineyards ©
Navarro Vineyards
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Handley Cellars Winery ©
Handley Cellars Winery

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lake Sonoma as well as Wine Tours & Tastings. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Sonoma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Healdsburg tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Ukiah to Healdsburg by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in March, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Paso Robles.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ehlers Estate Winery
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ehlers Estate Winery ©
Ehlers Estate Winery
Lake Sonoma ©
Lake Sonoma

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sculpterra Winery and Piedras Blancas Light Station. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moonstone Beach and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. Explore Paso Robles' surroundings by going to Morro Bay National Estuary (in Morro Bay), Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach) and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach (in San Simeon). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at Opolo Vineyards.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Paso Robles tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Healdsburg to Paso Robles by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. March in Paso Robles sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

Cambria, William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Morro Bay National Estuary, Jack Creek Celllars
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach ©
Calcareous Vineyard ©
Calcareous Vineyard

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. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lovers Point and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. When in Carmel, make a side trip to see Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in Big Sur, approximately 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner .

Getting from Paso Robles to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Paso Robles, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

2
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and Montara State Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Chinatown ©
Chinatown

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