26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
car:  2​h
2
Sacramento
— 1 night
car:  2​h 30​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
car:  6​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
car:  6​h
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
car:  7​h
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
car:  6​h
7
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
car:  2​h
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
car:  2​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
San Francisco
— Few hours
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In August, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Make your Sacramento itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum
California Museum ©
California Museum

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nevada State Capitol Building, get engrossed in the history at Fourth Ward School Museum, then examine the collection at The Way It Was Museum, and finally shop like a local with Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, South Lake Tahoe is a bit cooler than Sacramento - with highs of 32°C and lows of 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virginia City, Nevada State Capitol Building
Highlights from your plan
Fourth Ward School Museum ©
Fourth Ward School Museum
The Way It Was Museum ©
The Way It Was Museum
Nevada State Capitol Building ©
Nevada State Capitol Building

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Vernal Fall and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Nature Center at Happy Isles. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Valley View, appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, and admire the sheer force of Chilnualna Falls.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 24°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

2
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507, then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History, then examine the collection at Eastern California Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Independence
Highlights from your plan
Eastern California Museum ©
Eastern California Museum
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

few
hours
Santa Barbara

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, and then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum ©
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve

3
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.
On the 17th (Sat), see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Broad, then examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then get engrossed in the history at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Broad ©
The Broad
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Coronado Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like La Jolla Shores Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Moonlight State Beach, Del Mar City Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach, Old Town Temecula
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach

few
hours
San Francisco

San Francisco
To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Tours

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