21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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21 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Montana Avenue and Amoeba Music. Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Hammer Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Farmers Market, & more). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, shop like a local with Two Rodeo Drive, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Tolerance, and enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Two Rodeo Drive
Highlights from your plan
Montana Avenue ©
Montana Avenue
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

5
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 your shopping at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. Spend the 10th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
North Dome ©
North Dome

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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip planning website .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel Art Association ©
Carmel Art Association

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ghirardelli Square. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Oxbow Public Market, do a tasting at Honig Vineyard & Winery, learn about winemaking at Gracianna Winery, then do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Stephen & Walker Winery.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read St. Helena online holiday planner .

Getting from San Francisco to St. Helena by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are little chillier (10°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Rutherford, Oxbow Public Market, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Spanish Village Art Centerfor plenty of shopping. Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, and stroll through San Diego Zoo.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Helena to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Helena in May, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (25°C), and nights are a bit warmer (19°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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