16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect San Francisco to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
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 historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego road trip website .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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 28th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to 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 29th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica day trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online vacation builder .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and get great views at Tunnel View.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In February, Yosemite National Park is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 10°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

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