47 days in California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

47 days in California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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47 days in California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + subway + bus:  7​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 9 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Perth

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning tool .

Perth, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 24-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 16 hours traveling from Perth to Los Angeles. In August, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Perth - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

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
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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

7
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Spend the 31st (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and hike along Artist Point.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Diego to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are cooler (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

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, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, cruise along Tioga Pass, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online route builder .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (27°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Glen Ellen (Wine Country Chocolates & Benziger Family Winery), Sonoma (Sonoma Plaza & Simraceway Performance Driving Center) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more). Dedicate the 15th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

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

Traveling by combination of car, flight, subway, and bus from Yosemite National Park to St. Helena takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September; daily highs in St. Helena reach 34°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Sonoma, Oakville, Glen Ellen, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

9
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 23rd (Mon) 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, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from St. Helena to San Francisco by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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