11 days in West Coast Itinerary

11 days in West Coast Itinerary

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11 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  17​h
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, and then catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles is minus 5 hours. While traveling from Rio de Janeiro, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Mammoth Lakes is known for nature, winter sports, breweries & distilleries, trails, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes trip tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Mammoth Lakes reach 9°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, then make a trip to Book Passage, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego online travel planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, San Diego is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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