26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Newport Beach
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Marshall’s Beach, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and wander the streets of Nob Hill.

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Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Wed) before leaving for Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Beaches Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Get some historical perspective at State Street and Old Mission Santa Barbara. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carpinteria State Beach and San Buenaventura State Beach. Dedicate the 8th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Carpinteria State Beach, San Buenaventura State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

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.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Head to Montana Avenue and The Grovefor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade & Bergamot Station). Pack the 11th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Newport Beach.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

6
nights
Newport Beach

Newport Beach ©
City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Newport Beach and Victoria Beach. Head to Irvine Spectrum Center and Buy Handfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Riverside National Cemetery (in Riverside), Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens (in San Clemente) and Temecula (Old Town Temecula & Wine Tours & Tastings). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Crystal Cove, buy something for everyone on your list at Fashion Island, shop like a local with South Coast Plaza, and appreciate the history behind Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial.

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Traveling by car from San Diego to Newport Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Newport Beach can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, Temecula, Irvine, Riverside National Cemetery, South Coast Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Irvine Spectrum Center ©
Irvine Spectrum Center
Wine Tours & Tastings
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

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