22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Anaheim
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

3
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.
Attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at SeaWorld San Diego, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Diego. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 30°C and lows about 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Frey House II, take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Discovery Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Palm Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from San Diego to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 44°C by day to 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Children's Discovery Museum
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Children's Discovery Museum ©
Children's Discovery Museum
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon
Frey House II ©
Frey House II

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney. Have a day of magic on the 27th (Sun) at Disney California Adventure Park. There's more to do: catch some excitement at World of Color - Celebrate and make a trip to The Packing House.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Palm Springs in September, with highs in Anaheim at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood and The Getty Center. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online vacation planner .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In September in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -2°C, while days are slightly colder, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Exploratorium and Wine Tours & Tastings. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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