32 days in California Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips California route planner
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 7 nights
Fly
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Santa Cruz
— 6 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 11 nights
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Los Angeles — 5 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and San Diego (Mingei International Museum & USS Midway Museum). Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, explore and take pictures at Mulholland Drive, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles visit planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 7 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Casa Dumetz Wines (in Los Alamos), Santa Maria (Los Flores Ranch Park & Rancho Sisquoc Winery) and Ventura (Olivas Adobe, Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, &more). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and immerse yourself in nature at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Santa Barbara to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can fly to Santa Cruz.
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Santa Cruz — 6 nights

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Venture out of the city with trips to Monterey (Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, Monterey Bay, &more), The Shakespeare Society of America (in Moss Landing) and Pacific Grove (Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard & Asilomar State Beach). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, play a few rounds at Poppy Hills Golf Course, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and kick back and relax at Seabright State Beach.

To plan Santa Cruz vacation without wasting time, ask Klarna Trips to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Santa Cruz are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 11 nights

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.
On the 14th (Sat), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, hike along Lembert Dome, stroll through Mariposa Grove, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Cruz in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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