31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Monterey
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Spend the 1st (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, identify plant and animal life at North Dome, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. 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. When traveling from Sydney in April, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 5th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore and take pictures at Staples Center, and admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Los Angeles hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

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
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Badwater Basin and Wildrose Peak Trail. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, stroll through Fall Canyon, and admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like General Sherman Tree and Giant Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Lone Pine (Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead, Horseshoe Meadow Trail, & more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Inyo National Forest, hike along Mt. Whitney, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and stroll through John Muir Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lone Pine, California
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills
Mt. Whitney ©
Mt. Whitney

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hearst Castle and Elephant Seal Rookery. Get out of town with these interesting San Simeon side-trips: Big Sur (Pacific Valley Bluff Trail & New Camaldoli Hermitage). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon road trip app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
New Camaldoli Hermitage ©
New Camaldoli Hermitage

4
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monterey Bay and Seventeen Mile Drive. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Hawthorne Gallery, & more). Spend the 21st (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Monterey itinerary builder .

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in May: highs in Monterey hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
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, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing planning app .

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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