22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
+5
Fly + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Drive:  22 h 30 min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Carmel
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Artists Palette and Devil's Golf Course will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Artists Dr and Zabriskie Point. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, get great views at Dante's View, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park road trip tool .

Ribeirao Preto, Brazil to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Ribeirao Preto to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. In August, Death Valley National Park is a bit warmer than Ribeirao Preto - with highs of 43°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sea views from Piedras Blancas Light Station, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedras Blancas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in San Simeon, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas

4
nights
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Asilomar State Beach and Carmel River State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ocean Avenue and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, & more). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from San Simeon in August: highs in Carmel hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Exploratorium and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, see the interesting displays at Museum of the African Diaspora, and take a stroll through Chinatown.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online attractions planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

7
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 in touch with nature at Taft Point and Vernal Fall. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Spend the 24th (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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