32 days in Los Angeles County, San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

32 days in Los Angeles County, San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

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32 days in Los Angeles County, San Diego & San Francisco Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Ventura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

9
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.
Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Amoeba Musicfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Manhattan Beach. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica (Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). Pack the 4th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, enjoy some music at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning app .

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Los Angeles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

3
nights
Ventura

Ventura ©
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Nicholas Canyon Beach and Zuma Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica Mountains and El Pescador State Beach. Take a break from Ventura with a short trip to Zuma and Trancas Canyons in Malibu, about 58 minutes away. There's more to do: look for gifts at SpiceTopia.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ventura trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Ventura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Ventura hover around 26°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Ventura

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Malibu, Santa Monica Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Zuma and Trancas Canyons ©
Zuma and Trancas Canyons

10
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Center. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine), Encinitas (Moonlight State Beach & Moonlight Beach State Park) and Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve (in Poway). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, and explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ventura to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Ventura in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Encinitas, Coronado Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. For shopping fun, head to Exploratorium or Union Square. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, and take a stroll through Twin Peaks.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in August, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Steep Ravine Environmental Campground
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

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