17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Bus:  5​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Napa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Cambria
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, contemplate the waterfront views 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 next day: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles online trip builder .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles is minus 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 look for all kinds of wild species at Cottonwood Spring Oasis.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Joshua Tree National Park trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

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

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Artists Palette and Zabriskie Point. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dante's View and Devil's Golf Course. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and cruise along Artists Dr.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in October, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 30°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Sentinel Dome and Vernal Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tioga Pass and El Capitan. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and explore the activities along Merced River.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Presidio of San Francisco.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Napa.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
nights
Napa

Napa ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): learn about winemaking at Sequoia Grove Winery, then explore the world behind art at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Artesa Vineyards & Winery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Safari West.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Napa route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Napa in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in October since evenings lows in Napa dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cambria.

Things to do in Napa

Wineries Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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). Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cambria planner .

Traveling by car from Napa to Cambria takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Napa in October, expect nights in Cambria to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Big Sur day trip app .

You can drive from Cambria to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cambria in October: highs in Big Sur hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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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