27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Julian
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Downtown Disney in Anaheim, about 34 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and get curious at California Science Center.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles sightseeing planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in January, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

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
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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 visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and take a tour of Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Julian.

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
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

3
nights
Julian

Julian ©
Julian is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Diego County, California, in the United States. Bring the kids along to Lions, Tigers & Bears and Eagle and High Peak Mine. Change things up with a short trip to Laguna Mountain Recreation Area in Mount Laguna (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at California Wolf Center, identify plant and animal life at inaja Memorial Picnic Sight, explore the activities along Lake Cuyamaca, and indulge your taste buds at Volcan Mountain Winery.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Julian online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from San Diego to Julian in 1.5 hours. Traveling from San Diego in January, expect slightly colder with lows of 3°C in Julian. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Julian

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Laguna Mountain Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
California Wolf Center ©
California Wolf Center
Lake Cuyamaca ©
Lake Cuyamaca

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.
Bring the kids along to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

You can plan Yosemite National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Julian to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Julian in January: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C and lows are around -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Curry Village Ice Rink ©
Curry Village Ice Rink

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. Dedicate the 24th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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