36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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36 days in California Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  25​h
1
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
3
Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Perth

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 4th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and wander the streets of Union Square.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app .

Perth, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to San Francisco is minus 16 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Perth in November: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

8
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.
Change things up with a short trip to El Portal Market in El Portal (about 1 hour away). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

El Portal Market
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Healdsburg: Napa (Balloon Rides & The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum), Robert Mondavi Winery (in Oakville) and St. Helena (Beringer Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more). It doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area and look for all kinds of wild species at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Healdsburg trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Healdsburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Healdsburg, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Helena, Napa, Robert Mondavi Winery, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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. Carmel is known for nature, scenic drive, beaches, historic sites, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Point Lobos, do a tasting at Dawn's Dream Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Asilomar State Beach, and meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to Carmel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Healdsburg in November, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.
Pack the 26th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Diego day trip planning website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in November; daily highs in San Diego reach 26°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

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

7
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 29th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles day trip tool .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. November in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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