23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 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
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
Sydney

5
days
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 childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and wander the streets of SoMa.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel route 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 changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sydney in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
day
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Healdsburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in April, Healdsburg is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Healdsburg

#Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
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.
Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

Plan trip to Yosemite National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Healdsburg in April, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 17°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

1
day
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 29th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, Carmel is a bit warmer at night with lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Beaches, #Nature, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In April, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Carmel - with highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, admire all the interesting features of Staples Center, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Nature

Side Trips

Anaheim, 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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