17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Ukiah
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney

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.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Hermosa Beach Pier, and then kick back and relax at Manhattan Beach.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 30°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Hermosa Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 13th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Partington Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Andrew Molera State Park, admire the majestic nature at Point Sur State Historic Park, and then make a trip to Old Coast Road.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur road trip tool.

Getting from Los Angeles to Big Sur by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in June; daily highs in Big Sur reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Andrew Molera State Park ©
Andrew Molera State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pick up some new knowledge with Harmony Glassworks, do a tasting at Harmony Cellars, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and finally kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Simeon online route builder.

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in June, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Ukiah.

Things to do in San Simeon

Beaches Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Harmony
Highlights from your plan
Harmony Glassworks ©
Harmony Glassworks
Harmony Cellars ©
Harmony Cellars

1
night
Ukiah

Ukiah ©
Ukiah is the county seat and largest city of Mendocino County, California. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, then take an in-depth tour of Historic Courthouse Museum, and then get a taste of life in the country at Ridgewood Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Barra of Mendocino Winery, then admire the majestic nature at Hendy Woods State Park, and then admire the verdant scenery at Anderson Valley.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ukiah route builder website.

Drive from San Simeon to Ukiah in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. June in Ukiah sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Ukiah

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Ridgewood Ranch, Historic Courthouse Museum, Barra of Mendocino Winery, Hendy Woods State Park, Anderson Valley
Highlights from your plan
Hendy Woods State Park ©
Hendy Woods State Park
Anderson Valley ©
Anderson Valley
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas ©
The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Escape the urban bustle at Noyo Headlands Park and Black Sands Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Star Winery and Guest House Museum. Take a break from Fort Bragg with a short trip to Richardson Grove State Park in Garberville, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Big River, explore the world behind art at Mendocino Art Center, sample the tasty concoctions at North Coast Brewing Company, and get engrossed in the history at Ford House Visitor Center & Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Bragg road trip planner.

You can drive from Ukiah to Fort Bragg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Fort Bragg can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Crescent City.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Richardson Grove State Park, Black Sands Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Star Winery ©
Pacific Star Winery
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for gifts at Rumiano Cheese Company, stroll through Enderts Beach, get engrossed in the history at Del Norte County History Museum, then enjoy the sea views from Battery Point Lighthouse, and finally stroll the grounds of Brother Jonathan Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at End of the Trail Museum, explore the activities along Klamath River, and then cruise along Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Crescent City trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Crescent City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Fort Bragg, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Crescent City, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Klamath, Enderts Beach, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy
Highlights from your plan
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Klamath River ©
Klamath River
Battery Point Lighthouse
Battery Point Lighthouse

1
night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 23rd (Fri), hike along Congress Trail and then steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Crescent City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Crescent City in June, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 19°C, while days are warmer, around 40°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Golden Canyon ©
Golden Canyon

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