20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Santa Maria
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 15th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monterey journey maker .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect much warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Maria.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

1
night
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Rancho Sisquoc Winery, then do a tasting at Foxen Vineyard & Winery, and then stroll through Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Maria trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Santa Maria takes 3 hours. Traveling from Monterey in October, expect nights in Santa Maria to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Wineries Trails Outdoors
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Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Foxen Vineyard & Winery ©
Foxen Vineyard & Winery

3
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 17th (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Disney California Adventure Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Santa Maria to Anaheim in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Maria in October, expect Anaheim to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Family-friendly places like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The Roller Coaster will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday planning tool .

Fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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 Santa Monica Pier. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles route builder tool .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. October in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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