32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Truckee
— 4 nights
Bus:  5 h 30 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Bus:  8 h 15 min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
5
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Sydney

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to San Francisco is minus 18 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in November: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 20°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Truckee.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kids will enjoy Kings Beach Miniature Golf and Eagle Ridge Snowmobile Outfitters. And it doesn't end there: glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Donner Cross Country, hit the slopes at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Crest Snowcats.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Truckee route planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Truckee by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for slightly colder days in Truckee, with highs around 5°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Pacific Crest Snowcats, Kings Beach Miniature Golf
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Tahoe Donner Cross Country ©
Tahoe Donner Cross Country
Truckee Bike Park ©
Truckee Bike Park
Kings Beach Miniature Golf ©
Kings Beach Miniature Golf

6
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Glacier Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Hoffmann, hike along Pohono Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mono Pass Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel route planning website.

Traveling by bus from Truckee to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Moro Rock and Big Baldy. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, trek along General Grant Tree Trail, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista Peak Trail.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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.
Kids will enjoy San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read San Diego day trip planning tool.

Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Diego in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 23°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Santa Monica Pier. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Princess Dot Puddle Park, &more). The adventure continues: partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, have some family-friendly fun at Escapedom, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles attractions planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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