12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santa Monica Mountains, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carbon Beach.

Plan my day in Santa Monica using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Sydney, Australia to Santa Monica is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Santa Monica, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Malibu, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains

2
nights
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.
The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Oak Canyon Nature Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Star Wars Launch Bay). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel route planner.

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 2nd (Sat), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and then examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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