17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Napa
— 2 nights
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Cambria
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 2 nights

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 11th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay, and then make a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip builder.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles. In October in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): hike along Lost Palms Oasis Trail and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park sightseeing site.

Drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Explore hidden gems such as Zabriskie Point and Harmony Borax Works. Get outdoors at Badwater Basin and Devil's Golf Course. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, get great views at Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette, and get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park journey maker app.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Merced River, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and trek along Lembert Dome.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -2°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 20th (Sun), get great views at Twin Peaks, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Presidio of San Francisco.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online visit planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

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Napa

Napa ©

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
On the 22nd (Tue), do a tasting at Sequoia Grove Winery, then explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): learn about winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery and then identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Napa attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Napa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in October since evenings lows in Napa dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum ©
The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum
Balloon Rides
Safari West ©
Safari West

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 24th (Thu), cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, stroll through Moonstone Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Cambria day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Napa to Cambria in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, subway, train, and taxi; or fly. While traveling from Napa, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Moonstone Beach Dr ©
Moonstone Beach Dr
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur trip planning tool.

Drive from Cambria to Big Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cambria in October, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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