51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

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51 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  20 h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Anaheim
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Santa Clarita
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Santa Barbara
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
San Luis Obispo
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Monterey
— 9 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
11
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
12
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Sydney

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo and then browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train 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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park, then make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and then get your game on at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim road trip site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Anaheim hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Keep things going the next day: get curious at California Science Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, then examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove.

To find out how to plan a trip to Los Angeles, use our trip itinerary maker.

Los Angeles is very close to Anaheim. In September in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, then kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally hunt for treasures at Santa Monica Farmers Market. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Getty Villa, make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and finally go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica online tour itinerary planner .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Santa Monica to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trip

The Getty Villa
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

2
nights
Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita ©
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. Six Flags Magic Mountain has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sun), cool off at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and then find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark, then see the interesting displays at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, and then browse the collection at Grant R. Brimhall Library.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Clarita vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Clarita takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Clarita: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 24°C at night. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Underwood Family Farms - Moorpark, Grant R. Brimhall Library, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Grant R. Brimhall Library ©
Grant R. Brimhall Library

9
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts (in Ojai), Camarillo (Camarillo Public Library & Camarillo Premium Outlets) and Solvang (Old Mission Santa Ines, Rusack Vineyards, &more). The adventure continues: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Chaucer's Bookstore, steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, and take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Clarita in September, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Barbara: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trips

Solvang, Ventura, Lompoc, Camarillo, Carpinteria State Beach
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 7:
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Camarillo Public Library ©
Camarillo Public Library
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara

8
nights
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo ©
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Luis Obispo: Cambria (Moonstone Beach Dr, Nitt Witt Ridge, &more), San Simeon (Piedras Blancas, Friends of the Elephant Seal, &more) and Paso Robles (Fratelli Perata Winery & Wine Tours & Tastings). The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, relax in the rural setting at Avila Valley Barn, and admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo travel route planner.

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Cambria, Avila Beach, San Simeon, Pismo Beach
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Wine Tours & Tastings
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park

9
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get out of town with these interesting Monterey side-trips: Manresa State Beach (in Aptos), Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (in Felton) and Santa Cruz (West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip maker site .

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Cruz, Carmel, The Shakespeare Society of America, Manresa State Beach, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, cruise along Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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 31st (Sun): take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then don't miss a visit to Tunnel Log, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, then stroll through General Grant Tree Trail, and then take some stellar pictures from Buck Rock Lookout.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to St. Helena takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In November in St. Helena, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 5°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Robert Mondavi Winery, Balloon Rides, Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings

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