17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

2
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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo.

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Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Diego. Traveling from Sydney in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to 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
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at The Hollywood Museum, and stop by Amoeba Music.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and North Dome. Spend the 2nd (Sun) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, and walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are much colder (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
North Dome ©
North Dome

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. On the 5th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Carmel, with highs around 23°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Inglenook, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then do a tasting at Mumm Napa, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena day trip website .

Drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Rutherford, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Union Square, browse the exhibits of USS Pampanito, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from St. Helena in June: highs in San Francisco hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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