21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Dedicate the 25th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel planner.

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) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Lembert Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online sightseeing planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from San Francisco in September, with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 3rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and Head underground at Bronson Caves.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much warmer (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. You will leave for home on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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