24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Do your shopping at The Grove and Amoeba Music. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Santa Monica Farmers Market) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 9th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in July, with highs in Los Angeles at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stop by The Cheese Shop, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Los Angeles to Carmel takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get a bit cooler in Carmel: highs are around 23°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River 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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

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Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are a bit cooler (8°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Ghirardelli Square and Baker Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and China Beach. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 16°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

5
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and San Diego Zoo. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego sightseeing planning site .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 22°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

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