27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

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27 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  20​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplacefor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and stop by City Lights Booksellers.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. In July, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online journey planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree and then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online holiday builder .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 43°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Sherman Tree ©
General Sherman Tree

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There's lots more to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, admire the masterpieces at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas visit planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 47°C and 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. Visit Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mormon Battalion Historic Site for their historical value. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, contemplate the long history of Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation website .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect nights in San Diego to be little chillier, around 23°C, while days are cooler, around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, stop by Amoeba Music, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and finally listen to music at Third Street Promenade.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles sightseeing app .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

5
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street. Take a break from the city and head to Carpinteria State Beach and Monarch Butterfly Grove. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: San Buenaventura State Beach (in Ventura), Old Mission Santa Ines (in Solvang) and Oxnard Beach Park (in Oxnard). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Butterfly Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and learn about winemaking at Jaffurs Wine Cellars.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, Santa Barbara is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monarch Butterfly Grove, Butterfly Beach, San Buenaventura State Beach, Oxnard Beach Park, Old Mission Santa Ines
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Oxnard Beach Park ©
Oxnard Beach Park

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Cannery Row, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monterey holiday planning tool .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, The Cheese Shop
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:
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Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at de Young Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and then wander the streets of Chinatown.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
de Young Museum ©
de Young Museum
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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