57 days in California Itinerary

57 days in California Itinerary

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57 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 8 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Crescent City
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
St. Helena
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
South Lake Tahoe
— 7 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

8
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 5th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, and explore and take pictures at AT&T Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning site .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Sydney to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Crescent City.

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

5
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: Redwood National Park (Redwood National Park, Trillium Falls Hike, & more) and Orick (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park & Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Campground, stroll through Enderts Beach, explore the activities along Point St George Park, and enjoy the sea views from Battery Point Lighthouse.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Crescent City online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Crescent City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Crescent City hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Orick, Fern Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©

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 (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore and take pictures at Dodger Stadium, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and head outdoors with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner .

You can fly from Crescent City to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Crescent City in September, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

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: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
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.
Step out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with an excursion to Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, hike along Congress Trail, stroll through General Grant Tree Trail, and explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour planner .

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. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

5
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Helena: Sonoma (Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma Barracks, & more), Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). Dedicate the 6th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, stop by Oxbow Public Market, explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read St. Helena online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to St. Helena takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, plan for little chillier nights in St. Helena, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from South Lake Tahoe: Truckee (Truckee River Legacy Trail, Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, & more), Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood) and Truckee River Bike Trail (in Tahoe City). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, stroll through Rubicon Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jobs Peak, and look for all kinds of wild species at Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip maker tool .

You can drive from St. Helena to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from St. Helena in October; daily highs in South Lake Tahoe reach 20°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Truckee, Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, Emerald Bay State Park, Truckee River Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail

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, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. In October in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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

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