41 days in California Itinerary

41 days in California Itinerary

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41 days in California Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Healdsburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Disneyland Park and Universal Studios Hollywood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Adventure City). There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, engage your brain at California Science Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles visit planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can 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.
Bring the kids along to San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: walk around La Jolla Cove, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip website .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough 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

4
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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, don't miss a visit to Grant Grove, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip tool .

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

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
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

5
nights
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.
Attractions like West End Beach and River Rafting & Tubing make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge (in Truckee), Gatekeeper's Museum (in Tahoe City) and Kings Beach State Recreation Area (in Kings Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, race across the water with a speed boat tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Truckee, Tahoe City, Meeks Bay Beach, Kings Beach State Recreation Area, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tahoe Trout Farm ©
Tahoe Trout Farm
Speed Boats Tours

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.
Kids will enjoy Wine Tours & Tastings and Sonoma Coast State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Healdsburg: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards, Woodhouse Chocolate, & more), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Fort Ross State Historic Park and identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Healdsburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Healdsburg, with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Fort Ross State Historic Park, Safari West, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Wine Tours & Tastings
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park

9
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 Japanese Tea Garden. Dedicate the 1st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and take a stroll through SoMa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco road trip 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 July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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