28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Shop till you drop at The Grove and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center.

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Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. In March, Los Angeles is little chillier than Sydney - with highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Mingei International Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Alpine to see Lions, Tigers & Bears about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stop by Catalina Offshore Products, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more 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. In April in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Artists Palette and Zabriskie Point. Visiting Artists Dr and Badwater Basin will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, get great views at Dante's View, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from San Diego in April, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are slightly colder (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

3
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.
Get outdoors at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park and Tunnel View. Explore hidden gems such as Vernal Fall and North Dome. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, look for gifts at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

2
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 off the beaten path and head to Alabama Hills and General Grant Tree Trail. Visiting Moro Rock and Giant Forest will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Alabama Hills
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then admire the natural beauty at Cambria Nursery & Florist.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Simeon road trip planner.

Drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in April, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in San Simeon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for little chillier days in Carmel, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pfeiffer State Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Twin Peaks. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Union Square, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in San Francisco are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Nature Parks

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Patrick Amiot, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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