23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
Santa Ynez
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Buellton
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Coos Bay
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h
Sydney

1
day
Santa Monica

A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade and then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Sydney to Santa Monica, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Beach
Third Street Promenade

1
day
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, then make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and then take a stroll through State Street.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara holiday planner.

Drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Monica in October since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Ynez.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara

1
day
Santa Ynez

Santa Ynez is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.The town of Santa Ynez is one of the communities of the Santa Ynez Valley. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Wildling Museum, examine the collection at Elverhoj Museum, examine the collection at Parks-Janeway Carriage House, then stop by Global Gardens, and finally learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Ynez sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez in an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Santa Ynez can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buellton.

Things to do in Santa Ynez

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Solvang, Los Olivos
Highlights from your plan
Parks-Janeway Carriage House
Carhartt Vineyard
Elverhoj Museum

1
day
Buellton

Buellton is a small city in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Global Gardens, do a tasting at tercero wines, then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co..

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Buellton itinerary planner.

Buellton is just a stone's throw from Santa Ynez. In October, daytime highs in Buellton are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Buellton

Wineries Breweries Shopping

Side Trip

Los Olivos
Highlights from your plan
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Carhartt Vineyard
tercero wines

1
day
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Butterfly Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pismo State Beach, and then look for gifts at Alapay Cellars Tasting Room.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pismo Beach trip generator.

Drive from Buellton to Pismo Beach in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Alapay Cellars Tasting Room, Pismo State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Alapay Cellars Tasting Room

2
days
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.
On the 18th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Piedras Blancas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to San Simeon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Pismo Beach in October, you will find days in San Simeon are slightly colder (18°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan

2
days
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 20th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach and then stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip builder.

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Cruz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from San Simeon in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges State Beach
Point Lobos State Reserve

1
day
San Jose

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take an unorthodox tour of Winchester Mystery House.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Jose itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to San Jose takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in San Jose can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. It doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Getting from San Jose to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Traveling from San Jose in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum. Castello di Amorosa and Twin Peaks are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Mumm Napa in Rutherford (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planner.

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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Coos Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
California Academy of Sciences
Castello di Amorosa
Twin Peaks

2
days
Coos Bay

Coos Bay is a city located in Coos County, Oregon, United States, where the Coos River enters Coos Bay on the Pacific Ocean. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Misty Meadows Jams, enjoy the sea views from Cape Blanco Lighthouse, examine the collection at Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum, then look for gifts at Langlois Market, and finally stop by Face Rock Creamery.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Coos Bay trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Coos Bay with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Coos Bay reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Coos Bay

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bandon, Port Orford, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Langlois Market
Highlights from your plan
Cape Blanco Lighthouse
Langlois Market

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip generator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Coos Bay to San Diego. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Coos Bay in October; daily highs in San Diego reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan

1
day
Anaheim

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Newport Beach and then make a trip to Downtown Disney.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Anaheim custom trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Disney
Newport Beach

few
hours
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Grove

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