30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Perth

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grove. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu) and Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, stroll through Playa Del Rey Beach, stop by Amoeba Music, and explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

Perth, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 24-hour flight. Traveling from Perth to Los Angeles, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Perth in September, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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.
Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. You'll get in some beach time at Black's Beach and Ocean Beach Municipal Pier. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and explore the activities along Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego journey planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
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 10th (Tue): stop by The Cheese Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On the next day, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, browse the fresh offerings at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in September, things will get slightly colder in Carmel: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Taft Point and Glacier Point. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect little chillier with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Take a break from the city and head to Baldwin Beach and Kiva Beach. Visit Meeks Bay Beach and Pope Beach for some beach relaxation. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at El Dorado Beach, stop by Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe attractions planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe takes 6.5 hours. September in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Meeks Bay Beach, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Venture out of the city with trips to Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more). Dedicate the 20th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our St. Helena trip planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to St. Helena by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In September, St. Helena is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 34°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Oakville, Napa, Inglenook, Schramsberg Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Squarefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Union Square, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in September, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are a bit warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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