17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Visiting North Dome and Fishing Charters & Tours will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planning tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park is minus 18 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Exploratorium and Golden Gate Bridge. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Chinatown, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. May in Carmel sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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.
Shop till you drop at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Carmel to San Diego by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in May, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 25°C and lows about 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach for some beach relaxation. Get a sense of the local culture at Montana Avenue and Hammer Museum. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and hunt for treasures at Melrose Trading Post.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles tour itinerary site .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Nightlife Museums

Side Trips

Montana Avenue, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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