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
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 6 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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: enjoy some diversion at Balboa Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Spanish Village Art Center, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Diego day trip site .

Sydney, Australia to San Diego is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in San Diego reach 30°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough 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. On the 25th (Fri), make a trip to Frey House II, then take in breathtaking views at Tahquitz Canyon, and then have fun and explore at Children's Discovery Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Palm Springs vacation site .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Palm Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Palm Springs hover around 44°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Nature Childrens Museums

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: experience the excitement of World of Color - Celebrate and admire the striking features of The Packing House.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Anaheim online itinerary planner .

Drive from Palm Springs to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Palm Springs in September; daily highs in Anaheim reach 36°C and lows reach 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.
Family-friendly places like Universal Studios Hollywood and Travel Town will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, appreciate the history behind Guitar Center, engage your brain at California Science Center, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip tool .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In September, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can 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

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.
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, hike along Panorama Trail, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

You can 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. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 22°C, while nights are colder with lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Japanese Tea Garden will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Golden Gate Park, and shop like a local with Union Square.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary 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 taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 15°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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