23 days in California Itinerary

23 days in California Itinerary

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23 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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.
Attractions like La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, look for gifts at Catalina Offshore Products, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego driving holiday planning app .

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in San Diego at 26°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
Get outdoors at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Head to The Grove and Abbot Kinney Boulevardfor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Amoeba Music, browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, and make a trip to Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles planning app .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Family-friendly places like North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip app .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in June since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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 5th (Fri): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Ghirardelli Square and Fishing Charters & Tours. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, stop by City Lights Booksellers, get curious at Exploratorium, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fishing Charters & Tours

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