19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  18​h
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Sydney

5
days
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 Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park & Downtown Disney). Pack the 30th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

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Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sydney in November since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

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

4
days
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 La Jolla Cove will thrill your kids. Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. Next up on the itinerary: let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

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Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

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

2
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 8th (Fri), immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then don't miss a visit to San Carlos Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy The Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. Dedicate the 13th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and make a trip to Lombard Street.

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Getting from Carmel to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

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