21 days in West Coast & Orlando Itinerary

21 days in West Coast & Orlando Itinerary

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21 days in West Coast & Orlando Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  16​h
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
2
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
plane:  5​h
6
Orlando
— 8 nights
Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Brisbane

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles route planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and tram. Traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 24°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

3
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stop by Bergamot Station. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally shop like a local with Third Street Promenade.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Monica trip itinerary builder tool .

Santa Monica is very close to Los Angeles. In December, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then stroll through Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Getting from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Monica in January, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 7°C and -12°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Thu), snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip maker tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in January: highs in Monterey hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Bixby Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, stroll through Crissy Field, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and have fun at RocketBoat.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip planner .

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Orlando.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

8
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Family-friendly places like Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom Park will thrill your kids. Pack the 11th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando, discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks, look for all kinds of wild species at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and try out the rides at Disney's Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Orlando road trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Orlando in 47 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Orlando due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Orlando reach 25°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort

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