19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Campo Grande
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Mount Shasta
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Campo Grande

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at The Getty Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder .

Campo Grande, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and tram. The time zone difference when traveling from Campo Grande to Los Angeles is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Campo Grande, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, then look for gifts at The Sacred Space, and finally revel in the low prices at Italian Pottery Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take a stroll through State Street, then look for gifts at Global Gardens, then shop like a local with Solvang Antiques, and finally look for gifts at Sort This Out Cellars.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in December since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Solvang, The Sacred Space, Global Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or take a bus. In December, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder than Santa Barbara - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

1
night
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, explore the activities along Horseshoe Lake, and then shop like a local with Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Mammoth Lakes: highs are around 9°C and lows about -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes ©
Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center ©
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
Horseshoe Lake ©
Horseshoe Lake

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite Museum Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. On the 16th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls and don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip app .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park takes 2 hours. December in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. On the 17th (Mon), hit the slopes at Mt Shasta Ski Park, take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake, and then stop by The Weed Store. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Siskiyou County Museum, then get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and then stop by Soul Connections.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mount Shasta road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Mount Shasta takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mount Shasta, with lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Siskiyou County Museum, The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Siskiyou County Museum ©
Siskiyou County Museum

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 19th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, and finally look for gifts at Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel day trip app .

You can drive from Mount Shasta to Carmel in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mount Shasta in December; daily highs in Carmel reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Ramini Mozzarella. Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ramini Mozzarella, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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