16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
3
Pacific Grove
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Canberra

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Fort Funston National Park and Pescadero State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, and have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online road trip planner .

Canberra, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Canberra to San Francisco. While traveling from Canberra, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero State Beach, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Visiting North Dome and Nature Center at Happy Isles will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pacific Grove.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome

1
night
Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove ©
Pacific Grove is a coastal city in Monterey County, California in the United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pacific Grove vacation planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Pacific Grove in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in Pacific Grove hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Pacific Grove

Nature Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Black's Beach. There's more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and stop by Hillcrest Farmers Market.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Pacific Grove to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Pacific Grove in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Bay. Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, examine the collection at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, and identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles road trip planning tool .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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