13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and then take a stroll through Union Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): get great views at Twin Peaks and then stroll through Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in April, with highs in San Francisco at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Union Square ©
Union Square

4
nights
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos State Reserve and The Cheese Shop. Take a break from the city and head to Carmel River State Beach and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Coast Gallery Big Sur & Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Carmel trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Pebble Beach Golf Links
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Friends of Hearst Castle, then examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Simeon online vacation planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 15°C to lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Beaches
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

2
nights
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.
For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Simeon to Santa Barbara in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Barbara, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Prime Desert Woodland Preserve and Santa Monica Mountains. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications and browse the different shops at Third Street Promenade.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in April, things will get a bit warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Prime Desert Woodland Preserve, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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