30 days in California & New Mexico Itinerary

30 days in California & New Mexico Itinerary

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30 days in California & New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning website .

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 shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time is minus 18 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in April: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Dawn's Dream Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Shark Fin Cove (in Davenport), Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Partington Cove, & more). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, stop by The Cheese Shop, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Monterey trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Monterey

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Canyon Road and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Bandelier National Monument and La Chiripada Winery. Step out of Santa Fe with an excursion to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in Cochiti Pueblo--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe, savor the flavors at Kakawa Chocolate House, soothe aching muscles at ten thousand waves, and delve into the lush surroundings at Santa Fe National Forest.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Monterey to Santa Fe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Monterey in April, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

La Chiripada Winery, Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sandia Mountains, learn about winemaking at Gruet Winery, and then do a tasting at Casa Rondena Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Coronado Historic Site, then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Albuquerque

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Coronado Historic Site, Sandia Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Sandia Mountains ©
Sandia Mountains
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Albuquerque to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Albuquerque to San Diego is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Albuquerque in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

7
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Pueblo de Los Angeles and The Getty Center. Get some historical perspective at Hollywood Walk of Fame and Watts Towers. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue, Bergamot Station, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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