20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California visit planner

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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and California Academy of Sciences. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Squarefor some retail therapy. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip site.

Brasilia, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Brasilia in December, things will get colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Mammoth Lakes

— 5 nights
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Family-friendly places like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Vernal Fall will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Badger Pass Ski Area and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Get out of town with these interesting Mammoth Lakes side-trips: Yosemite National Park (Washburn Point, Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, &more).

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be cooler, around -11°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

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.
The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita and Santa Monica Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and have fun and explore at Travel Town.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder site.

You can fly from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Mammoth Lakes in January; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve. Step out of San Diego to go to Alpine and see Lions, Tigers & Bears, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.