31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Sacramento
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Jose
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Jordan Vineyard & Winery (in Healdsburg) and Siduri Wines (in Santa Rosa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Siduri Wines, Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

7
nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sacramento: Chateau Davell (in Camino), Sierra Nevada Logging Museum (in Arnold) and West Coast Falconry (in Marysville). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, see the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, do a tasting at Saluti Cellars, and hike along Mt. Ralston Peak Trail.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sacramento road trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sacramento, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to San Jose.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks Outdoors Wineries

Side Trips

California, Chateau Davell, Windwalker Vineyards, Great Bear Vineyards, West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Calaveras Big Trees State Park ©
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum

6
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Jose: Carmel (Point Lobos & Scenic Road Walkway), Monterey (Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, Monterey Bay Aquarium, & more) and Pacific Grove (Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard & Asilomar State Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire the majestic nature at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, take in the architecture and design of Stanford University, and stroll around Redwood Regional Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Sacramento to San Jose by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sacramento in August: highs in San Jose hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Stanford University, Redwood Regional Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

8
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 Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough, & more). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary maker site .

Fly from San Jose to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from San Jose in August since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 22°C. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Revolver Gallery, Santa Monica Pier
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Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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