28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

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

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.
Relax by the water at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Marston House Museum. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mission Beach Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read San Diego trip tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, expect San Diego to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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 8th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and then learn about winemaking at Dawn's Dream Winery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Carmel day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. In January, Carmel is slightly colder than San Diego - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Asilomar State Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Union Square, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. January in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

6
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.
Attractions like Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and North Dome make great kid-friendly stops. Yosemite Museum Gallery and Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. On the 17th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in January, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (7°C), and nights are colder (-12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park) and Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, browse the different shops at The Grove, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles vacation builder website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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