21 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

21 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

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21 days in Los Angeles, Yosemite National Park & San Francisco Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  18​h
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney

5
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Downtown Disney, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 28th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and have fun and explore at Travel Town Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 35°C and lows at 22°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Sightseeing

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood

8
days
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nature Center at Happy Isles. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and catch a ride on Cable Cars.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Sightseeing Parks Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences

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