29 days in West Coast & Honolulu Itinerary

29 days in West Coast & Honolulu Itinerary

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29 days in West Coast & Honolulu Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Honolulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and The Wave Organ. Spend the 18th (Wed) exploring nature at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

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Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
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 21st (Sat): kick back and relax at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hoffmann, and hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in December, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are colder with lows around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect Los Angeles to be much warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, explore the striking landscape at Cabrillo Tide Pools, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Space Needle and Seattle Aquarium. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stop by Glasshouse Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Woodland Park Zoo.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip planning tool .

Fly from San Diego to Seattle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, Seattle is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
Honolulu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kids will appreciate attractions like USS Arizona Memorial and Waikiki Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, pause for some photo ops at King Kamehameha Statue, and steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Honolulu online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Honolulu takes 8 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in January: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 32°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Head State Monument ©
Diamond Head State Monument
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial

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