19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Los Angeles (El Pueblo de Los Angeles & Angelino Heights Historic Area) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center, stroll through Manhattan Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Monica visit planning website .

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. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Santa Monica to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. There's lots more to do: stroll through Mission Beach Park, kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in February, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
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. On the 9th (Fri), stroll through Asilomar State Beach and then tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links. On the next day, kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Diego in February: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©

6
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. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach) and Montara State Beach (in Montara). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Fort Funston National Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and take a stroll through SoMa.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Montara State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach

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