22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Rutherford
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary tool .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park is minus 18 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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 Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica Bay. Head to Melrose Trading Post and Bergamot Stationfor some retail therapy. Change things up with a short trip to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Los Angeles trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, and pick up some local products at Liberty Public Market.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. November in San Diego sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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 11th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in November: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 21°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rutherford.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Dawn's Dream Winery ©
Dawn's Dream Winery

2
nights
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. On the 12th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery. Keep things going the next day: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rutherford attractions app .

You can drive from Carmel to Rutherford in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rutherford when traveling from Carmel in November, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Rutherford

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Schramsberg Vineyards, Wine Tours & Tastings, Robert Mondavi Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marshall’s Beach and Rockaway Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see San Gregorio State Beach in San Gregorio, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Rutherford to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rutherford in November since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 12°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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