22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

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22 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  7​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Urban Hiker SF- Day Tours as well as Basically Free Bike Rentals. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get outside with Basically Free Bike Rentals and then trek along with Urban Hiker SF- Day Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, then get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip maker 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. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Basically Free Bike Rentals ©
Basically Free Bike Rentals
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr and then stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Cambria journey planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Cambria are much warmer (40°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

San Simeon
Highlights from your plan
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Rodeo Drive, explore and take pictures at 26-Mile Bike Path, and examine the collection at The Getty Villa.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica vacation planning site .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Monica takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Cambria in July, you will find days in Santa Monica are little chillier (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Rodeo Drive, Six Flags Magic Mountain, The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

2
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.
On the 28th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning app .

Getting from Santa Monica to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Museum of Western Film History (in Lone Pine) and The Senate (in Three Rivers). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, stroll through Moro Rock, explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, and make a trip to General Sherman Tree.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route website .

Getting from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are much warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Senate, Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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 2nd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oracle Park. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately 1h 05 min away. Explore San Francisco further: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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