29 days in California Itinerary

29 days in California Itinerary

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29 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and San Francisco Bay. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey builder .

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. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Charles M. Schulz Museum
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve

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. On the 21st (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the waterfront at Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Carmel day trip site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Carmel sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pfeiffer State Beach
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, and then stroll through Moonstone Beach.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Simeon holiday maker app .

Drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cambria, Ragged Point
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Camarillo Premium Outlets. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, make a trip to Santa Barbara Harbor, learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company, and have fun and explore at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online route planner .

Getting from San Simeon to Santa Barbara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Camarillo Premium Outlets
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse
Santa Barbara Harbor ©
Santa Barbara Harbor

4
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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. Pack the 28th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, and appreciate the history behind Guitar Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Santa Barbara - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then cruise along Artists Dr. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in October since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

3
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 Giant Forest and Moro Rock. Explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park's surroundings by going to Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (in Bishop) and Alabama Hills (in Lone Pine). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy, and take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. In October in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Alabama Hills
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Alabama Hills ©
Alabama Hills

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and Tunnel View. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be cooler, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. You will leave for home on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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