29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Rutherford
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Brisbane

3
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.
Family-friendly places like La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

For where to stay and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip maker .

Brisbane, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Brisbane in November, expect San Diego to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Bring the kids along to The Getty Center and Disneyland Park. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The Hollywood Museum, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel route planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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.
Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome. Kids will enjoy McGurk Meadow and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Spend the 15th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along May Lake Trailhead, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, things will get colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 14°C and lows about -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel day trip tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are much warmer (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rutherford.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

3
nights
Rutherford

Rutherford ©
Rutherford is a census-designated place (CDP) in Napa County, California, United States. Let the collections at Mumm Napa and Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). Next up on the itinerary: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, admire the natural beauty at Round Pond Estate, and ride a horse along Sonoma Valley Regional Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rutherford tour itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Rutherford takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rutherford, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Rutherford

Wineries Parks Museums

Side Trips

Glen Ellen, Oakville, VJB Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa
Far Niente Winery ©
Far Niente Winery

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Union Square, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Rutherford to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Rutherford in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in San Francisco. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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