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
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 3 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Marshall’s Beach and Sonoma Coast State Beach. Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, kick back and relax at China Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour itinerary builder site .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco. In August, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sonoma Coast State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Sentinel Dome. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Four Mile Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

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

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) 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

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Annenberg Community Beach House) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning tool .

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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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 some historical perspective at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Visiting La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online day trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. On the 15th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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