30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
+2
Fly + subway + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
bus:  5​h
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

2
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On the next day, do a tasting at Domaine Carneros, don't miss a visit to Sonoma Plaza, and then admire the majestic nature at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary site .

Brisbane, Australia to St. Helena is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to St. Helena, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in May, expect little chillier with lows of 10°C in St. Helena. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Napa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Robert Mondavi Winery, Sonoma Plaza
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. When traveling from St. Helena in May, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
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.
Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©

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 48 minutes away). Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego holiday site .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May: highs in San Diego hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, take in nature's colorful creations at The Japanese Garden, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning site .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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