23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Healdsburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and wander the streets of SoMa.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip site .

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 28th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Alexander Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery, then learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Sonoma Coast State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, and then learn about winemaking at Korbel Champagne Cellars.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Healdsburg, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trips

Guerneville, Sonoma Coast State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

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 30th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally do a tasting at Pierce Ranch Vineyards Tasting Room.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel travel planner .

Drive from Healdsburg to Carmel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Healdsburg in November, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

4
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, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in November, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (14°C), and nights are colder (-8°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zumwalt Meadow Trail, trek along Big Baldy, and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, and laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December, expect San Diego to be a bit warmer, temps between 23°C and 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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