12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Santa Monica
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Point Isabel will get you outdoors. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Point Isabel, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Point Lobos State Reserve. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls & Partington Cove). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Monterey Bay, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monterey trip website .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Monterey sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Monterey

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Do your shopping at Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy Mercato. The adventure continues: stroll through La Jolla Cove.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Fly from Monterey to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Monterey in September, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
night
Santa Monica

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 17th (Mon): wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade.

Discover how to plan a Santa Monica trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Nightlife

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

Similar Plans

16 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, romantic, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in California BY A USER FROM RUSSIA August, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in California BY A USER FROM ITALY August, kids, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM BRAZIL May, beaches, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 14 days in California BY A USER FROM NORWAY March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in California BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM NORWAY January, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans