26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, have some family-friendly fun at Virtual Room Los Angeles, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel planning website .

Adelaide, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Adelaide to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in June, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 30°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: laugh and play at SeaWorld San Diego, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
On the 1st (Mon), get curious at Camera Obscura, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica online travel route planner .

Getting from San Diego to Santa Monica by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
Family-friendly places like North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area will thrill your kids. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and hike along Panorama Trail.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are slightly colder (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Crissy Field will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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