11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
+5
Drive + Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
day
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): wander the streets of State Street, then steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara road trip app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santa Barbara is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Sao Paulo in May, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
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Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and finally stop by Trio Carmel.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in May, expect nights in Carmel to be about the same, around 12°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sat), hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then make a trip to Valley View, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park visit website .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Carmel in May, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail ©
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Valley View ©
Valley View

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Shop till you drop at The Grove and Citadel Outlets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, stop by The Original Farmers Market, and make a trip to Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are much warmer (17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Running Horse Ranch
Highlights from your plan
The Grove ©
The Grove
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online trip maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

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