37 days in California Itinerary

37 days in California Itinerary

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37 days in California Itinerary

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Napa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Adelaide

4
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.
Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Diego attractions planning website .

Adelaide, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Adelaide to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Adelaide in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 23°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

7
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 9°C and lows at -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Truckee (Tahoe Donner Cross Country & Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters) and Tahoe Cross Country (in Tahoe City). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, see the interesting displays at Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Lake Brewing Co.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip builder site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe by bus takes about 6.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Napa.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Truckee, Tahoe City, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Tahoe Donner Cross Country ©
Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters ©
Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters

4
nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma) and Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen). There's much more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Inglenook, stop by Oxbow Public Market, and walk around Sonoma Plaza.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Napa travel planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Napa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in December; daily highs in Napa reach 17°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sonoma, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Inglenook, Jack London State Historic Park, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery

4
nights
Healdsburg

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), Sharpsteen Museum (in Calistoga) and Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino). There's lots more to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Healdsburg online holiday builder .

Getting from Napa to Healdsburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Sharpsteen Museum, Mendocino Coast, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Korbel Champagne Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco route builder tool .

You can drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in December, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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