19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Canberra

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and Legion of Honor capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and examine the collection at de Young Museum.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online travel planner .

Canberra, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Canberra to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Canberra in September, expect nights in San Francisco to be much warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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.
Let the collections at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Taft Point. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, and identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site .

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. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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.
Appreciate the collections at USS Midway Museum and Mingei International Museum. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego tour itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier. Shop till you drop at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Two Rodeo Drive. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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