20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly + bus:  20​h 15​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Mount Shasta
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Ferndale
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Curitiba

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail and then hike along Fall Canyon.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park visit planner .

Curitiba, Brazil to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Curitiba to Death Valley National Park. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Curitiba in January, with highs in Death Valley National Park at 17°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Fall Canyon ©
Fall Canyon

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Bring the kids along to Griffith Observatory and Disneyland Park. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and stop by Whimsic Alley.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In January, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, then look for gifts at Brandini Toffee, then view the masterpieces at Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, and finally see the interesting displays at Palm Springs Air Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at South Lykken Trail, steep yourself in history at Indian Canyons, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at VillageFest.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Palm Springs attractions planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Palm Springs, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

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 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and finally make a trip to Ghirardelli Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, examine the collection at Exploratorium, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Fly from Palm Springs to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Palm Springs in January, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Partington Cove, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then stop by Trio Carmel, and finally stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Carmel sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Carmel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
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.
On the 1st (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center, then get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center ©
Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center

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 3rd (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Shasta Ski Park, stop by The Weed Store, and then stop by Soul Connections. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): get impressive views of Shasta-Trinity National Forest, then get engrossed in the history at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Castle Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Mount Shasta online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Mount Shasta takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in February since evenings lows in Mount Shasta dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ferndale.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

The Weed Store
Highlights from your plan
Mt Shasta Ski Park ©
Mt Shasta Ski Park
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum ©
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

3
nights
Ferndale

Ferndale ©
Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trinidad Art Gallery and The Blacksmith Shop. Take a break from the city and head to Black Sands Beach and Arcata Community Forest. Change things up with these side-trips from Ferndale: Trinidad Museum (in Trinidad) and Arcata (Humboldt State University Natural History Museum, Holly Yashi Store and Design Studio, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum and stop by Golden Gait Mercantile.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ferndale road trip planner.

Drive from Mount Shasta to Ferndale in 5 hours. Traveling from Mount Shasta in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ferndale, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ferndale

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Arcata, Trinidad, Black Sands Beach, Chapman's Gem & Mineral Shop & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest
Black Sands Beach ©
Black Sands Beach

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