53 days in California Itinerary

53 days in California Itinerary

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53 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20​h
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Mammoth Lakes
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Truckee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Napa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Healdsburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, and look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Diego. Traveling from Sydney in May, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

8
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). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, admire the natural beauty at The Japanese Garden, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes tour site .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Mammoth Lakes are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are much colder (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

6
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Take a break from South Lake Tahoe with a short trip to Eagle Rock Hiking Trail in Homewood, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, trek along Rubicon Trail, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and admire the sheer force of Glen Alpine Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Mammoth Lakes to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Mt. Ralston Peak Trail ©
Mt. Ralston Peak Trail

5
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Truckee: West Coast Falconry (in Marysville) and Homewood (Tahoe Maritime Museum & SWA Watersports). There's still lots to do: hike along Mt Judah Loop Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, take in the pleasant sights at Truckee River Legacy Trail, and learn about winemaking at Truckee River Winery.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Truckee online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Truckee are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Napa.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Homewood, Truckee River Bike Trail, Concours d'Elegance Lake Tahoe, Five Lakes Creek Trailhead, West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead ©
Five Lakes Creek Trailhead

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Napa: St. Helena (Modus Operandi Cellars, Pride Mountain Vineyards, & more), Jack London State Historic Park (in Glen Ellen) and Simraceway Performance Driving Center (in Sonoma). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, walk around Sonoma Plaza, and indulge your taste buds at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Napa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Truckee to Napa takes 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in June since evenings lows in Napa dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sonoma, St. Helena, Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Jack London State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Simraceway Performance Driving Center ©
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sonoma Plaza ©
Sonoma Plaza

6
nights
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.
Explore Healdsburg's surroundings by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Mendocino Coast (in Mendocino) and Point Reyes Hiking Trails (in Point Reyes National Seashore). There's still lots to do: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sonoma Coast State Beach, learn about winemaking at Korbel Champagne Cellars, and examine the collection at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg travel planning site .

You can drive from Napa to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Healdsburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Santa Rosa, Guerneville, Petaluma Seed Bank, Point Reyes Hiking Trails, Fort Ross State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery
Mendocino Coast ©
Mendocino Coast

8
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route app .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are slightly colder, around 25°C. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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