17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

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


3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

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. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In January, San Francisco is much colder than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and La Jolla Cove. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

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 in San Diego, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

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

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 4th (Mon), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Disney Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim road trip tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Anaheim sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Disney Gallery ©
The Disney Gallery
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Bergamot Station or Third Street Promenade. Escape the urban bustle at Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Monica State Beach. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Rodeo Drive, and browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip planner .

You can drive from Anaheim to Santa Monica in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in February, you will find days in Santa Monica are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday maker app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in February, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -9°C, while days are little chillier, around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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