30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Napa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Tahoe City
— 2 nights
Bus:  7 h 15 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Los Angeles
— 5 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.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and sample the tasty concoctions at Anchor Brewing Company.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip website.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, San Francisco is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Modus Operandi Cellars) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Sapphire Hill Winery). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, stop by Oxbow Public Market, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Plaza.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Napa day trip site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in January since evenings lows in Napa dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Sonoma Plaza, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
VGS Chateau Potelle ©
VGS Chateau Potelle

2
nights
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner, ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Cross Country, get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tahoe City trip maker app.

You can drive from Napa to Tahoe City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in January, you will find days in Tahoe City are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are colder (-10°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Truckee, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe Donner Cross Country ©
Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tahoe Donner ©
Tahoe Donner

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Badger Pass Ski Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, get great views at Washburn Point, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by bus from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Curry Village Ice Rink ©
Curry Village Ice Rink

3
nights
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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, make a trip to Tunnel Log, hike along Redwood Canyon Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning website.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (17°C), and nights are much warmer (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Diamond Peak
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 30 minutes away). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in January, expect San Diego to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, see a show at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. January in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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