22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  18​h
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney

5
days
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.
Do your shopping at Santa Monica Farmers Market and Amoeba Music. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Hermosa Beach Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Magicopolis) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 23rd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, don't miss a visit to Third Street Promenade, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. In August, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

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Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
days
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.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's more to do: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

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Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 29th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in August, with highs in Carmel at 24°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

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Outdoors Beaches Parks

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Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

5
days
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 in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and look for gifts at Boudin Bistro.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Francisco sightseeing website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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