20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 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.
Get outdoors at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, hike along Cabrillo Tide Pools, stroll through San Diego Zoo, and enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation builder app .

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to San Diego, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, San Diego is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Cabrillo Tide Pools ©
Cabrillo Tide Pools

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Will Rogers State Beach and Royal Palms State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles journey planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, trek along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Visit Baldwin Beach and Kiva Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Meeks Bay Beach and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, stroll through Lakeside Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe travel planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Carmel travel website .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Carmel takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Dolphin & Whale Watching. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco online holiday planner .

Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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