17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Sydney

4
days
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center. You'll explore and learn at Griffith Observatory and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, immerse yourself in nature at Will Rogers State Beach, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Monica travel itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
days
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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum capture your imagination. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. There's still lots to do: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Diego, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of tram and train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in May, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Museums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then stop by The Cheese Shop, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel online route planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in June, with highs in Carmel at 23°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Attractions like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Union Square, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read San Francisco vacation planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Parks, #Shopping
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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