35 days in California Itinerary

35 days in California Itinerary

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35 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

6
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.
Kids will enjoy North Dome and Nature Center at Happy Isles. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

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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. Traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Downtown Disney in Anaheim, about 34 minutes away. Pack the 28th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

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
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read San Diego visit planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

5
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.
When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Trail of 100 Giants in Ponderosa, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, stroll through Congress Trail, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, and identify plant and animal life at Grant Grove.

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Getting from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Diego in October since evenings lows in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Trail of 100 Giants
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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 12th (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. On your second day here, stroll through Del Mar Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Attractions like Wine Tours & Tastings and Sonoma Plaza make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and steep yourself in history at Jack London State Historic Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight, subway, and bus. Traveling from Carmel in October, expect nights in St. Helena to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Sonoma Plaza, Wine Tours & Tastings, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza
Jack London State Historic Park ©
Jack London State Historic Park

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Crissy Field. Dedicate the 21st (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

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Drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in October, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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