38 days in California Itinerary

38 days in California Itinerary

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38 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
St. Helena
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and admire all the interesting features of Staples Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning website .

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 when traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in April, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo), Rusack Vineyards (in Solvang) and Santa Maria (Rancho Sisquoc Winery & Foxen Vineyard & Winery). Dedicate the 17th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Barbara, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Santa Maria, Camarillo Public Library, Rusack Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library

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.
Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, admire the masterpieces at San Diego Museum of Art, and see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego sightseeing planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Helena.

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
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: Sonoma (Simraceway Performance Driving Center, Sonoma Barracks, & more). Dedicate the 26th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, stop by Oxbow Public Market, examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum, and steep yourself in history at Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our St. Helena road trip app .

Fly from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Diego in April, with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, Napa, Oakville, Sharpsteen Museum, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

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, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

You can 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 April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in San Francisco. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

10
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.
Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll through Mono Pass Trail, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

Before you visit Yosemite National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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