42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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42 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Tahoe City
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. When in San Diego, make a side trip to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip itinerary website .

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Adventure City, & more) and Ocean View Park (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, engage your brain at California Science Center, kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure 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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Yosemite National Park is colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Point Lobos and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing), Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton) and Seymour Marine Discovery Center (in Santa Cruz). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, trek along Scenic Road Walkway, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carmel online route builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Lake Tahoe has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like West End Beach and Kings Beach State Recreation Area will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tahoe City: Truckee (Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge & Mt Judah Loop Trail) and West Coast Falconry (in Marysville). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, kick back and relax at Meeks Bay Beach, cruise along Inspiration Point Vista, and wander the streets of Historic Downtown Truckee.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tahoe City day trip site .

You can drive from Carmel to Tahoe City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in August: highs in Tahoe City hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Napa.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Truckee, Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe, West Coast Falconry, Kings Beach State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tahoe ©
Lake Tahoe
River Rafting & Tubing
Kings Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kings Beach State Recreation Area

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Wine Tours & Tastings and Sonoma Plaza. Change things up with these side-trips from Napa: St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Pride Mountain Vineyards), Fort Ross State Historic Park (in Jenner) and Safari West (in Santa Rosa). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Sonoma Coast State Beach, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, stroll through Bodega Dunes, and make a trip to Sonoma Barracks.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Napa journey planner .

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to Napa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Tahoe City in August, Napa is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Napa

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

St. Helena, Sonoma, Healdsburg, Safari West, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Sonoma Coast State Beach ©
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Fort Ross State Historic Park ©
Fort Ross State Historic Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through SoMa, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Napa to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from Napa in September, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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