18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Napa
— 1 night
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  5​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Newport Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Anaheim
— 4 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  18​h 15​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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Crissy Field. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Book Passage, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

1
night
Napa

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Barracks, and then stroll around Sonoma Plaza.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Napa when traveling from San Francisco in October, with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Napa

Tours Parks

Side Trip

Sonoma
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Sonoma Barracks ©
Sonoma Barracks

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Half Dome, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

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Traveling by combination of bus, subway, and flight from Napa to Mammoth Lakes takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, Mammoth Lakes is slightly colder than Napa - with highs of 22°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Universal Studios Hollywood and Santa Monica Pier. The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and engage your brain at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Newport Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
On the 19th (Sat), put a fun spin on your tour with ClueHoo, kick back and relax at Marina Park, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Newport Beach day trip website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Newport Beach in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Newport Beach sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

ClueHoo
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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 Disney California Adventure Park. The adventure continues: make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney, experience the excitement of Soarin' Around The World, and enjoy some diversion at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.

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Anaheim is very close to Newport Beach. In October, daytime highs in Anaheim are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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