29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Sebastopol
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Hammer Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, get a taste of the local shopping with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles sightseeing site .

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 difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. When traveling from Melbourne in June, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

3
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). Museum-lovers will appreciate artifacts gallery and Harmony Pottery Works. Do your shopping at Fiona Bleu Gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. Explore Cambria's surroundings by going to Hearst Castle (in San Simeon), Morro Rock (in Morro Bay) and Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cambria trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Cambria takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: highs in Cambria hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Morro Bay, Jack Creek Celllars, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
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. Head to Carmel Art Association and Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Galleryfor some retail therapy. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Coast Gallery Big Sur). Spend the 2nd (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, view the masterpieces at Venture Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Wyland Gallery Carmel, and pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip website .

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 car and bus. When traveling from Cambria in June, plan for cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery (in Santa Rosa). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): shop like a local with Ananse Village, view the masterpieces at Glass Fire Art Glass Gallery, then kick back and relax at Pudding Creek Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seaside Beach. On the next day, cruise along Mendocino Coast, then stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, and finally kick back and relax at Noyo Headlands Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fort Bragg trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Fort Bragg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Fort Bragg hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sebastopol.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast
Seaside Beach ©
Seaside Beach
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach

3
nights
Sebastopol

Sebastopol ©
Sebastopol or is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States, approximately 52mi north of San Francisco. We've included these beaches for you: Bodega Dunes and Goat Rock Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Fort Ross State Historic Park. Step out of Sebastopol with an excursion to Salt Point State Park in Jenner--about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Sebastopol Center for the Arts, browse the exhibits of Patrick Amiot, and look for gifts at Ramini Mozzarella.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sebastopol journey builder .

Traveling by car from Fort Bragg to Sebastopol takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Bragg in July, you will find days in Sebastopol are little chillier (34°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sebastopol

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Jenner, Ramini Mozzarella, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Bodega Dunes ©
Bodega Dunes
Goat Rock Beach ©
Goat Rock Beach

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Bridalveil Fall and Tunnel View. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, trek along Panorama Trail, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park vacation planning tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sebastopol to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Sebastopol in July, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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