36 days in San Francisco, Houston & Los Angeles Itinerary

36 days in San Francisco, Houston & Los Angeles Itinerary

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36 days in San Francisco, Houston & Los Angeles Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 13 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Houston
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Fly:  18​h
Sydney

13
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello di Amorosa and Point Reyes Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Jenner (Fort Ross State Historic Park, Salt Point State Park, & more), Healdsburg (Peterson Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more) and V. Sattui (in St. Helena). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Point Reyes Seashore National Park, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, and stroll through Lands End.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online route planner

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-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) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Sydney in March, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Jenner, Pescadero, Cosumnes River Preserve, Safari West
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Safari West ©
Safari West

10
days
Houston

Houston
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Big Thicket National Preserve. Visit Washington-on-the-Brazos and St. Mary's Church High Hill for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Crocodile Encounter (in Angleton), Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site (in Anderson) and La Grange (Fayette County Clerk & Monument Hill State Park). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Winedale Historical Center, identify plant and animal life at Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, immerse yourself in nature at Huntsville State Park, and get engrossed in the history at Matagorda County Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Houston trip itinerary planning site

You can fly from San Francisco to Houston in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Houston due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in April; daily highs in Houston reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

La Grange, Bay City, Winedale Historical Center, Huntsville State Park, Crocodile Encounter
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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Big Thicket National Preserve
Big Thicket National Preserve
Washington-on-the-Brazos
Washington-on-the-Brazos

10
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.
Visiting Oxnard Beach Park and Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Meditation Mount and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Herzog Wine Cellars (in Oxnard), Prime Desert Woodland Preserve (in Lancaster) and The Gentle Barn (in Santa Clarita). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route planner

You can fly from Houston to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Los Angeles is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in April; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ojai, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Oxnard, Prime Desert Woodland Preserve
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Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

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