29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
6
Santa Monica
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove, then take in the waterfront at Main Beach, and then stroll through Laguna Beach.

For reviews and tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach day trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Laguna Beach is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Laguna Beach, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Main Beach ©
Main Beach
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

5
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.
Visit La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park for some beach relaxation. Visiting Children's Pool and San Diego Zoo will get you outdoors. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas--about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Black's Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip builder tool .

You can drive from Laguna Beach to San Diego in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coronado Beach, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve. On the next day, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in April: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Baker Beach and Miramar Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Montara State Beach (in Montara) and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tee off at Lincoln Park, kick back and relax at Ocean Beach, and stroll through China Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miramar Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Baker Beach ©
Baker 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Merced Grove. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Tioga Rd in Lee Vining, approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: hike along May Lake Trailhead, make a trip to Yosemite Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and stroll through Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Wed) before leaving for Santa Monica.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Tioga Rd
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

5
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. Get in touch with nature at Will Rogers State Beach and Manhattan Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Monica: Zuma Beach (in Malibu), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Cabrillo Beach (in Los Angeles). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, don't miss a visit to Sunset Boulevard, see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Monica day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Santa Monica takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Zuma Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park

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