29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Adelaide

6
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 The Grove. Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market & Bergamot Station) and Disney California Adventure Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, stop by Hollywood & Highland, Head underground at Bronson Caves, and pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles vacation maker .

Adelaide, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time (South Australia) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -17 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 35°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stop by Sebastian General Store and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Lucia Apothecary, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Simeon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

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. Shop till you drop at The Cheese Shop and Cannery Row Antique Mall. Attractions like Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, look for gifts at Del Monte Shopping Center, play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Carmel tour builder tool .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

8
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.
Kids will enjoy Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Get outdoors at Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bear Valley to see Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see ratings and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park route planner .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (21°C), and nights are much colder (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, Bear Valley Adventure Company
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. Visit China Beach and Limantour Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Seed Bank (in Petaluma), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online itinerary builder .

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 October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Petaluma Seed Bank
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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