26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
4
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Brisbane to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel route planning app .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

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
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

6
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.
On the 29th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, get great views at Tunnel View, and don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 9°C and lows about -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sonoma (Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Mission San Francisco Solano, & more), Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville). It doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink and do a tasting at Ferrari-Carano Winery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg travel planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Healdsburg, with highs around 18°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sonoma, Robert Mondavi Winery, Bell Wine Cellars, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery

7
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and stroll through Golden Gate Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 9°C. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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