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:  1​h 45​min
2
Anaheim
— 6 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 3 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.
Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego tour planner.

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. 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
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SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

6
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Step out of the city life by going to Oak Canyon Nature Center and Crystal Cove. Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Knott's Berry Farm. Step out of Anaheim to go to Long Beach and see The Queen Mary, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Have a day of magic on the 7th (Mon) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Downtown Disney, take an in-depth tour of Founder's Park, experience the excitement of Star Wars Launch Bay, and get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in October, you will find days in Anaheim are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Queen Mary, Crystal Cove, Knott's Berry Farm
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Oak Canyon Nature Center ©
Oak Canyon Nature Center

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, get great views at Tunnel View, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Anaheim in October, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Marshall’s Beach will thrill your kids. Visiting Alcatraz Island and China Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, walk around Crissy Field, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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