17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
train:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Santa Monica
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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hours
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.
Discover how to plan a Los Angeles trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-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 Brisbane to Los Angeles. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

5
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney. Have a day of magic on the 19th (Thu) at Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Knott's Berry Farm. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Adventure City, get engrossed in the history at Founder's Park, catch some excitement at Radiator Springs Racers, and explore and take pictures at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim itinerary planning tool .

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In September, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Knott's Berry Farm
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

4
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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego online journey builder .

Drive from Anaheim to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Anaheim in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Attractions like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are colder with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the views from Bixby Bridge, explore the galleries of Hawthorne Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 15°C in Big Sur. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look and learn at Camera Obscura, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica sightseeing website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Big Sur to Santa Monica in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, Santa Monica is a bit warmer than Big Sur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Getty Villa
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa

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