24 days in California Itinerary

24 days in California Itinerary

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24 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Crescent City
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Pescadero
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  18​h
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Relax by the water at Will Rogers State Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Santa Monica Bay, stroll through Playa Del Rey Beach, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica sightseeing planning website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Santa Monica is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and tram; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Santa Monica due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach
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Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

1
day
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): kick back and relax at Enderts Beach and then hike along Stout Grove.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Crescent City travel route app .

Getting from Santa Monica to Crescent City by combination of bus and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Santa Monica in September, things will get little chillier in Crescent City: highs are around 20°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Pescadero.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Enderts Beach
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Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

2
nights
Pescadero

Pescadero ©
Pescadero is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Mateo County, California two miles (3 km) east of State Route 1 and Pescadero State Beach. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Bean Hollow State Beach and then kick back and relax at Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pescadero trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Crescent City to Pescadero with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Crescent City in September; daily highs in Pescadero reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Pescadero

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pescadero State Beach, San Gregorio State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach

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 2nd (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral, and then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel attractions tool .

Getting from Pescadero to Carmel by car takes about 2 hours. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Asilomar State Beach, Pfeiffer State Beach
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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 in touch with nature at Nature Center at Happy Isles and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Lembert Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in October, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marshall’s Beach and Rodeo Beach. Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Rockaway Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through China Beach, wander the streets of Twin Peaks, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco visit planning site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are warmer (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands, Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Mission Beach Park. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Black's Beach, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego day trip planning app .

Getting from San Francisco to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in October, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

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

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