24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Fort Bragg
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, trek along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-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. Traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Point Lobos and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Kids will enjoy Carmel River State Beach and Del Mar Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and stroll through China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planner .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa are in your itinerary. Attractions like Exploratorium and Bodega Dunes make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco route planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacramento, Castello di Amorosa, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

3
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Your inner history buff will appreciate Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum and Kelley House Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Noyo Headlands Park and Seaside Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Bragg side-trips: Sea Ranch Chapel (in The Sea Ranch) and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA (in Point Arena). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach, admire the majestic nature at Van Damme State Park, see the interesting displays at Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society, and snap pictures at Albion River Bridge.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Fort Bragg trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Fort Bragg, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mendocino, Point Arena, Sea Ranch Chapel, Albion River Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then stroll through Piedras Blancas, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Simeon trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to San Simeon in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or take a bus. September in San Simeon sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disney California Adventure Park about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are a bit warmer (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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