21 days in West Coast Itinerary

21 days in West Coast Itinerary

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21 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  19​h 15​min
1
Anaheim
— 5 nights
train:  30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

5
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Christ Cathedral and Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Do your shopping at Temecula Olive Oil Company and South Coast Plaza. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anaheim: San Clemente (Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens & San Clemente Coastal Trail), Ontario Mills (in Ontario) and Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park (in Carlsbad). Have a day of magic on the 4th (Wed) at Disneyland Park. There's lots more to do: discover the magic at Disney California Adventure Park, try out the rides at Downtown Disney, and identify plant and animal life at Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Anaheim trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Anaheim is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Anaheim at 25°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

San Clemente, South Coast Plaza, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Temecula Olive Oil Company
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

6
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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and El Matador State Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Running Horse Ranch and Bronson Caves. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Tehachapi (Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique & Tehachapi Mountain Park), Camarillo Premium Outlets (in Camarillo) and Malibu Hindu Temple (in Calabasas). Pack the 11th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip maker site .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Anaheim. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Tehachapi, Running Horse Ranch, Will Rogers Memorial Park, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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.
On the 14th (Sat), trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then shop like a local with Ansel Adams Gallery, then make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then hike along Panorama Trail, then admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Bodega Head. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa) and Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail (in Bodega Bay). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, shop like a local with Union Square, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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