22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rutherford
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + 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 get in some beach time at China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Pacifica to see Rockaway Beach about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Nob Hill, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Rutherford.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Union Square ©
Union Square

1
night
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. On the 5th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, then do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then stop by Dean & DeLuca, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rutherford travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Rutherford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in October since evenings lows in Rutherford dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

St. Helena, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Rutherford to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. When traveling from Rutherford in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Breakwater
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Black's Beach, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in October, things will get a bit warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach 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.
Head to Santa Monica Farmers Market and Third Street Promenadefor plenty of shopping. We've included these beaches for you: Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stop by UCLA Store, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stop by Yosemite Museum Gallery, hike along Panorama Trail, and explore the activities along Gaylor Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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