26 days in California Itinerary

26 days in California Itinerary

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26 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Drive:  21​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Drive:  8​h
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Lompoc
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Calistoga
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Sentinel Dome. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Mono Lake County Park. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Tunnel View, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (22°C), and nights are cooler (-2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake County Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cerro Gordo Mines and Museum of Western Film History. Escape the urban bustle at Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Venture out of the city with trips to Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum (in Death Valley Junction) and Gus's Fresh Jerky (in Olancha). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, and take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lompoc.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cerro Gordo Mines, Museum of Western Film History, Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum, Gus's Fresh Jerky
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

2
nights
Lompoc

Lompoc ©
Lompoc is a city in Santa Barbara County, California, on the west coast of the United States. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like State Street and Taste of Sta. Rita Hills. Visiting Jalama Beach and Butterfly Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to The Sacred Space (in Summerland), Global Gardens (in Los Olivos) and Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara County Courthouse & Old Mission Santa Barbara). It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Surf Beach and stroll through Jalama Beach County Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lompoc road trip planner .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Lompoc in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Lompoc sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Lompoc

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Barbara, Global Gardens, Butterfly Beach, The Sacred Space
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Beach ©
Butterfly Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

3
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). Take a break from the city and head to Moonstone Beach and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Do your shopping at Cambria Nursery & Florist and Pasolivo Olive Oil. Get out of town with these interesting Cambria side-trips: Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon) and Morro Rock (in Morro Bay). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and stop by Sebastian General Store.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cambria driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Lompoc to Cambria in 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lompoc in October: highs in Cambria hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

San Simeon, Mission San Antonio de Padua, Morro Rock, Pasolivo Olive Oil
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
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. Shop till you drop at The Cheese Shop and Carmel Art Association. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos and take a memorable drive along Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carmel route website .

Drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cambria in October, you will find days in Carmel are little chillier (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Big Sur, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
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.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Union Square and Twin Peaks. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, steep yourself in history at City Lights Booksellers, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route planner .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

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

4
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
For shopping fun, head to Sebastopol Center for the Arts or Big John's Market. Step off the beaten path and head to Castello di Amorosa and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Calistoga side-trips: Lula Cellars (in Philo), Powell's Sweet Shoppe - Windsor (in Windsor) and Bodega Dunes (in Bodega). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goat Rock Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Safari West.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Calistoga travel planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Calistoga are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lula Cellars, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Safari West ©
Safari West

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