29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Cambria
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
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.
Shop till you drop at State Street and Santa Monica Farmers Market. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Los Angeles (Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Getty Center The Publications, & more), River Course At the Alisal (in Solvang) and Global Gardens (in Los Olivos). The adventure continues: stop by Bergamot Station, learn about winemaking at Grassini Family Vineyards, wander the streets of Montana Avenue, and ponder the world of politics at Santa Barbara County Courthouse.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara road trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Santa Barbara is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Sydney in October, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Outdoors Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Bart's Books, Butterfly Beach, Global Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach

4
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Seal Rookery and Moonstone Beach. Get in touch with nature at Piedras Blancas and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Cambria side-trips: Alapay Cellars Tasting Room (in Avila Beach), Morro Bay (Morro Rock & Shell Shop Inc) and Kiler Ridge Olive Farm (in Paso Robles). There's still lots to do: stop by Lucia Apothecary.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in October, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Kiler Ridge Olive Farm, Brown Butter Cookie Company, Alapay Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

4
nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Point Lobos State Reserve and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Partington Cove & McWay Falls). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral, browse for treasures at Cannery Row Antique Mall, and look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Cambria to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cambria in October, you will find days in Carmel are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Get some cultural insight at Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: get great views at Tunnel View, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Muir Woods National Monument and China Beach. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Safari West in Santa Rosa--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, stop by City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and step aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Safari West, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Safari West ©
Safari West

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