36 days in California Itinerary

36 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Monterey
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus:  5 h 45 min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Lands End and Muir Woods National Monument will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Mecanique and Wine Tours & Tastings. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Point Reyes Lighthouse (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Francis Ford Coppola Winery (in Geyserville). The adventure continues: visit Bay Street, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning site.

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Bay Street, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes Lighthouse, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Highlights from your plan
Lands End ©
Lands End
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Point Reyes Lighthouse ©
Point Reyes Lighthouse

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Napa

Napa ©
Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, thentake in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa, thenindulge your taste buds at Castello di Amorosa, and finally shop like a local with Indian Springs Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at VJB Cellars, look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West, and then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Napa trip builder website.

Getting from San Francisco to Napa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Napa, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Calistoga, VJB Cellars, V. Sattui Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa
Highlights from your plan
Safari West ©
Safari West
Indian Springs Art Gallery ©
Indian Springs Art Gallery
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

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nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get some cultural insight at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Old Fisherman's Wharf. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and McWay Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Pfeiffer State Beach). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos, and contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monterey vacation planner.

You can drive from Napa to Monterey in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Napa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Big Sur, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bodie State Historic Park and Tioga Pass. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, hike along Pacific Crest Trail, and explore the activities along Merced River.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip builder.

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Monterey in August, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the bus to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Crest Trail, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

2
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, thenexplore the activities along Badwater Basin, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, thenexplore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park travel tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sunnylands Center & Gardens and Indian Canyons. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coachella Valley Preserve and Palm Springs Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Temecula (Briar Rose Winery & Wilson Creek Winery) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (in Borrego Springs).

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, with highs in Palm Springs at 49°C and lows at 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Temecula, El Paseo Shopping District, Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Highlights from your plan
Coachella Valley Preserve ©
Coachella Valley Preserve
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronado Island and La Jolla Shores Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at South Carlsbad State Beach and Pacific Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Old Town Temecula (in Temecula) and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (in Escondido). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, tour the pleasant surroundings at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, take in the waterfront at Seaport Village, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Diego using our trip planner.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in September, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Coronado, Old Town Temecula, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

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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.
Head to Camarillo Premium Outlets and Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurantsfor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at State Street Underpass and Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Ostrich Land (in Buellton) and Pismo Beach (Pismo Pier & Monarch Butterfly Grove). There's much more to do: meet the residents at Santa Barbara Zoo, learn about winemaking at Summerland Winery, explore the fascinating underground world of Salt Cave, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip website.

You can drive from San Diego to Santa Barbara in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in September, Santa Barbara is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Pismo Beach, Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Ostrich Land, Summerland Winery, Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Newport Beach, see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St.John Vianney Chapel, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Crystal Cove.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Crystal Cove, Third Street Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano