31 days in California Itinerary

31 days in California Itinerary

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31 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Palm Desert
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Melbourne


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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Tunnel View. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yosemite National Park: Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center (in Mammoth Lakes) and Sonora Pass (in Dardanelle). On the 4th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip app .

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 20.5-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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park. In March, Yosemite National Park is colder than Melbourne - with highs of 13°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sonora Pass, Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Sonora Pass ©
Sonora Pass

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badwater Basin and Dante's View. Go for a jaunt from Death Valley National Park to Lone Pine to see Museum of Western Film History about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, explore the stunning scenery at Fall Canyon, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, and contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 24°C and lows at 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Palm Desert.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Museum of Western Film History
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

3
nights
Palm Desert

Palm Desert ©
Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Palm Springs and 122 miles (196 km) east of Los Angeles. Explore hidden gems such as Slot Canyon and Indian Canyons. Venture out of the city with trips to Borrego Springs (Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Art Institute, & more) and Palm Springs (Palm Springs Art Museum & Brandini Toffee). There's more to do: explore the galleries of Palm Springs Air Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Palm Desert route planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Palm Desert takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in March: high temperatures in Palm Desert hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Desert

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Borrego Springs, Palm Springs
Highlights from your plan
Slot Canyon ©
Slot Canyon
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, take in the views from Coronado Bridge, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by car from Palm Desert to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Palm Desert in March, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay and Muir Woods National Monument. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

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

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more) and Monterey Bay (in Monterey). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive, stop by The Cheese Shop, and take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Carmel visit planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey Bay
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, view the masterpieces at artifacts gallery, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock, then take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Simeon to be little chillier, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, Morro Rock
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

3
nights
Santa Barbara

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Santa Barbara County Courthouse. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Santa Barbara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 10°C in Santa Barbara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 27th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles journey planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Los Angeles. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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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