11 days in California Itinerary

11 days in California Itinerary

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11 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
+3
Fly + taxi + bus + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, go deep underground at Eureka Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then explore the stunning scenery at Fall Canyon.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary builder website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Sao Paulo in November, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be cooler, around 4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 8th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then visit a coastal fixture at Piedras Blancas Light Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Old Santa Rosa Creek Chapel.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon travel planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Point Lobos, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monterey day trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in November, plan for slightly colder days in Monterey, with highs around 21°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake County Park. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Monterey in November, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 14°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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