17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Recife
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Recife

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.
On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip app .

Recife, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Recife to San Diego is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Recife in November, expect nights in San Diego to be colder, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica State Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Bergamot Station & Montana Avenue). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and see the interesting displays at The Grammy Museum.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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.
Get outdoors at North Dome and Glacier Point. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Olmsted Point, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 14°C and lows are around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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 22nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Carmel tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are much hotter (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

1
night
Healdsburg

The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 23rd (Fri), do a tasting at Ferrari-Carano Winery, then learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Healdsburg trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to Healdsburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Carmel in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of 5°C in Healdsburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Tours Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Ferrari-Carano Winery ©
Ferrari-Carano Winery

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. Visit Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and get a taste of the local shopping with City Lights Booksellers.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Healdsburg to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Healdsburg in November, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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