15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, then explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip builder .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in March: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Museums Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

2
nights
St. Helena

The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. On your second day here, look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, then see the interesting displays at Sharpsteen Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read St. Helena online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Diego in March, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Napa, Sharpsteen Museum, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Sharpsteen Museum ©
Sharpsteen Museum
Oxbow Public Market ©
Oxbow Public Market

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, wander the streets of Union Square, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in March, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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. On the 25th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel holiday builder website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then get great views at Valley View, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in March, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 13°C, while nights are much colder with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

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.
The Getty Center and Craft & Folk Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hammer Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, wander the streets of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and shop like a local with Annenberg Space for Photography.

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Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, with highs in Los Angeles at 27°C and lows at 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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