21 days in California Itinerary

21 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
2
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
3
Carmel
— 1 night
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
5
St. Helena
— 2 nights
6
San Diego
— 3 nights

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.
Montana Avenue and Hammer Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Farmers Market, &more). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, examine the collection at Museum of Tolerance, stop by Angelino Heights Historic Area, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Get outdoors at Ansel Adams Gallery and Glacier Point. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and snap pictures at Pohono Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 12 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around °C, while nights are much colder with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
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. On the 14th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and then stroll through Point Lobos.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel trip maker tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by bus takes about 15.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Carmel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Beaches

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.
For shopping fun, head to Ferry Building Marketplace or Union Square. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Chinatown. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and stop by SoMa.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco journey maker.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, thendo a tasting at Inglenook, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Oxbow Public Market, learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, thendo a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our St. Helena online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in St. Helena: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time 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
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. There's much more to do: shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, and take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego sightseeing planner.

You can fly from St. Helena to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Diego to be a bit warmer, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can 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 ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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