27 days in California Itinerary

27 days in California Itinerary

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27 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Oakville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
4
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Marina District, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Oakville.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

3
nights
Oakville

Oakville ©
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the of Napa County, northern California.The population was 71 at the 2010 census.The local economy is based on Napa Valley wine production, and Oakville was formally declared a distinct appellation within the Napa Valley AVA in 1993. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Schramsberg Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Pride Mountain Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Oakville online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Oakville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of subway and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Oakville when traveling from San Francisco in January, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Oakville

Tours Wineries

Side Trips

St. Helena, Wine Tours & Tastings, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Schramsberg Vineyards ©
Schramsberg Vineyards
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation builder app .

You can drive from Oakville to Carmel in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, subway, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Oakville in January since evenings lows in Carmel dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

7
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 La Jolla Cove and SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Shores Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Carmel in January, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

7
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Will Rogers State Beach, and get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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