17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. In September, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Neighborhoods, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 38 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (19°C). You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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