33 days in California Itinerary

33 days in California Itinerary

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33 days in California Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Filbert Steps. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodega Dunes and Ramini Mozzarella. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online vacation builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 12 hours traveling from Dubai to San Francisco. In July, San Francisco is colder than Dubai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Ramini Mozzarella
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Union Square ©
Union Square
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Take a break from the city and head to Glass Beach and Black Sands Beach. Get some historical perspective at Point Cabrillo Light Station and Ford House Museum. When in Fort Bragg, make a side trip to see The Immortal Tree in Redcrest, approximately 1h 50 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Highlight Gallery, look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Beach, and kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Fort Bragg: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Mendocino, The Immortal Tree, Black Sands Beach
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Glass Beach ©
Glass Beach
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

5
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 the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Tunnel View. Visiting Yosemite Falls and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Fort Bragg in August; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 32°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate General Sherman Tree and Manzanar National Historic Site. Shop till you drop at Mountain Light Gallery and Gus's Fresh Jerky. Change things up with a short trip to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in Bishop (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 41°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manzanar National Historic Site, Gus's Fresh Jerky, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. For shopping fun, head to Lucia Apothecary or Brown Butter Cookie Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Simeon: Morro Bay (The Garden Gallery & The Shell Shop). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Rich Man Poor Man Antiques, and identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon online road trip planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, Morro Bay, Brown Butter Cookie Company
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Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Reserve. Relax by the water at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Step out of Carmel to go to Big Sur and see McWay Falls, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Carmel journey planner .

Drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in August, you will find days in Carmel are colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Outlets at Tejon (in Arvin), Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique (in Tehachapi) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Santa Monica Beach, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in August; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 34°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Museums, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Outlets at Tejon, Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 28:
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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