17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 6 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego holiday builder tool.

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip

Anaheim

— 6 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Oak Canyon Nature Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anaheim: The Queen Mary (in Long Beach) and Crystal Cove (in Laguna Beach). Have a day of magic on the 7th (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park. Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Knott's Berry Farm. And it doesn't end there: discover the magic at Downtown Disney District, experience the excitement of Star Wars Launch Bay, take an in-depth tour of Founder's Park, and have some family-friendly fun at Flightdeck Simulation Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from San Diego to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 Glacier Point and Four Mile Trail. Bring the kids along to Panorama Trail and Tuolumne Meadows. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Washburn Point, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Anaheim in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and China Beach. Bring the kids along to Golden Gate Bridge and Exploratorium. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, walk around Crissy Field, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.