29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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29 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
2
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Laguna Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Pismo Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Big Sur
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
12
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
15
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Melbourne

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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.
Relax by the water at Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Venice Canals Walkway. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, have fun and explore at Travel Town, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in September, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Manhattan Beach
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1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim tour planner.

Anaheim is just a short distance from Los Angeles. In September, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Laguna Beach.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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nights
Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach ©
Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. On the 16th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, then stroll through Newport Beach, and then stroll around Heisler Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Crystal Cove, take a leisurely stroll along Dana Point Harbor, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Laguna Beach online attractions planner .

Getting from Anaheim to Laguna Beach by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Anaheim in September, expect nights in Laguna Beach to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Laguna Beach

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Dana Point, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Newport Beach
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Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove

1
night
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at South Carlsbad State Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad trip planner.

Getting from Laguna Beach to Carlsbad by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Laguna Beach in September since evenings lows in Carlsbad dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Oceanside
Highlights from your plan
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pacific Beach, appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and finally enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip website .

You can drive from Carlsbad to San Diego in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Carlsbad in September, with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach

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night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 21st (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and then take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Wildlife Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 22nd (Tue), explore the world behind art at Palm Springs Art Museum, take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, then get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Village Green Heritage Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Palm Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, with highs in Palm Springs at 44°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the next day, kick back and relax at Tar Pits Park, then take in the waterfront at Santa Barbara Harbor, then take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Santa Barbara takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for cooler days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Tar Pits Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Tar Pits Park ©
Tar Pits Park

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nights
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, and then identify plant and animal life at Monarch Butterfly Grove. On your second day here, do a tasting at Tobin James Cellars and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pismo Beach road trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Pismo Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Paso Robles, Point San Luis Lighthouse, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

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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 27th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Moonstone Beach Dr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. On the 28th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pismo Beach to San Simeon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pismo Beach in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur trip itinerary site .

Getting from San Simeon to Big Sur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Big Sur are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

Start your trip to Carmel by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Carmel is very close to Big Sur. In September, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: cruise along West Cliff Drive, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then kick back and relax at Manresa State Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Cruz holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Santa Cruz takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in October, you will find days in Santa Cruz are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Manresa State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 4th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and finally examine the collection at Walt Disney Family Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then trek along Moro Rock.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip builder .

You can fly from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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