44 days in United States Itinerary

44 days in United States Itinerary

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44 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  19​h
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
3
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
San Luis Obispo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Los Alamos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Hermosa Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Oceanside
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
11
Encinitas
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
12
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
13
Calipatria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
15
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
16
Olancha
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
17
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Melbourne

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 6th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 15°C. You'll set off for Monterey on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos and then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission. On the next day, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Monterey online holiday planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): trek along Partington Cove, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur online tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Monterey to Big Sur in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Hearst Castle has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle and then enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner .

Getting from Big Sur to San Simeon by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in June, you will find days in San Simeon are much hotter (39°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

2
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Highway 101 has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): make a trip to Nitt Witt Ridge, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and finally view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Pismo Pier, then stop by Alapay Cellars, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally get interesting insight from Highway 101.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo travel planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from San Simeon in June, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are little chillier (30°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). On the 17th (Wed), you're off toLos Alamos.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Avila Beach, Fiona Bleu Gallery, Highway 101, Pismo Pier
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

1
night
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a census-designated place in Santa Barbara County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Firestone Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Bridlewood Estate Winery, and then learn about winemaking at Carhartt Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): do a tasting at Zaca Mesa Winery, then do a tasting at Demetria Winery & Vineyard, and then learn about winemaking at Fess Parker.

Discover how to plan a Los Alamos trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Los Alamos in an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in June: highs in Los Alamos hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Wineries

Side Trips

Los Olivos, Santa Ynez
Highlights from your plan
Firestone Vineyard ©
Firestone Vineyard
Carhartt Vineyard ©
Carhartt Vineyard
Demetria Winery & Vineyard ©
Demetria Winery & Vineyard

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): catch a live performance at Third Street Promenade, then immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and finally grab your bike and head to 26-Mile Bike Path.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica online travel planner .

Drive from Los Alamos to Santa Monica in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Los Alamos in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Monica, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Third Street Promenade ©
Third Street Promenade

2
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've now added Venice Beach and Boardwalk to your itinerary. On the 20th (Sat), look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online driving holiday planner .

Los Angeles is very close to Santa Monica. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hermosa Beach.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
nights
Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach ©
Hermosa Beach is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Manhattan Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Manhattan Beach Pier, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, then identify plant and animal life at Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Redondo Beach Pier, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Hermosa Beach Pier.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Hermosa Beach holiday site .

Drive from Los Angeles to Hermosa Beach in an hour. In June, daytime highs in Hermosa Beach are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oceanside.

Things to do in Hermosa Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes
Highlights from your plan
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach
Hermosa Beach Pier ©
Hermosa Beach Pier
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel ©
Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel

2
nights
Oceanside

Oceanside is a coastal city located on California's South Coast. On the 24th (Wed), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier and then get in on the family fun at LEGOLAND California.

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Drive from Hermosa Beach to Oceanside in 1.5 hours. June in Oceanside sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Encinitas.

Things to do in Oceanside

Tours Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Temecula, Dolphin & Whale Watching, LEGOLAND California
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Oceanside Pier ©
Oceanside Pier

3
nights
Encinitas

Encinitas ©
Encinitas is a beach city in the North County area of San Diego County, California. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, pause for some photo ops at Magic Carpet Ride sculpture, then hike along Annie's Canyon Trail, then take in nature's colorful creations at San Diego Botanic Garden, and finally admire the natural beauty at Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens. Keep things going the next day: bet on a winner at Del Mar Race Track, then enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar City Beach, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Stone Brewing.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Encinitas trip itinerary website .

Encinitas is very close to Oceanside. In June, daily temperatures in Encinitas can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Encinitas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Del Mar, Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, Annie's Canyon Trail, Stone Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Moonlight State Beach ©
Moonlight State Beach
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park ©
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

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.
Balboa Park has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, sample the fine beverages at Malahat Spirits, and examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

San Diego is very close to Encinitas. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Calipatria.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Fun & Games Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

1
night
Calipatria

Calipatria ©
Calipatria is a city in Imperial County, California. You've now added Salvation Mountain to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Imperial Sand Dunes Cahuilla Ranger Station, don't miss a visit to East Jesus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salvation Mountain.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Calipatria trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Calipatria in 2.5 hours. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Calipatria: temperatures range from 49°C by day to 32°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Calipatria

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Niland
Highlights from your plan
East Jesus ©
East Jesus
Salvation Mountain ©
Salvation Mountain

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum and then explore and take pictures at Sam Cobb Farms. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, hunt for treasures at VillageFest, then take in breathtaking views at Indian Canyons, and finally make a trip to Palm Canyon Drive.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs holiday app .

You can drive from Calipatria to Palm Springs in 2 hours. In July in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 49°C during the day and 32°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sam Cobb Farms
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, then make a trip to Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

Discover how to plan a Joshua Tree National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park can reach 46°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Olancha.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

1
night
Olancha

Olancha ©
Olancha is a census designated place in Inyo County of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Owens River, then look for gifts at Gus's Fresh Jerky, and then see a world frozen in time at Golden Cactus Ghost Town & Old West Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Olancha journey planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Olancha in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In July, daily temperatures in Olancha can reach 44°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Olancha

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Owens River
Highlights from your plan
Gus's Fresh Jerky ©
Gus's Fresh Jerky

3
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.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to General Sherman Tree, then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and then admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Olancha to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Olancha in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 22°C in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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