17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Point Isabel. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, tee off at Lincoln Park, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Point Isabel
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

3
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Taft Point. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Wawona Meadow, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online tour planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

1
day
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Wildlife, #Trails, #Outdoors

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Maritime Museum of San Diego make great kid-friendly stops. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

3
days
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Attractions like Disneyland Park and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: have fun and explore at Travel Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, listen to music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and get curious at California Science Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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