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
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Head to Exploratorium and Union Squarefor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road 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 difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. In August, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Sentinel Dome. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

6
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Santa Monica and see Third Street Promenade, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 10th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: watch a film at California Science Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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