32 days in California Itinerary

32 days in California Itinerary

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32 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
bus + Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 15​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Carmel
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo


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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Coronado Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. Visit La Jolla Shores Park and Del Mar City Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, go to the San Diego online travel planner .

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 difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to San Diego is minus 5 hours. In October in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Del Mar City Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Coronado Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Moonlight State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Explore hidden gems such as VJB Cellars and Landmark Vineyards. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Helena holiday maker website .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to St. Helena takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 9°C in St. Helena. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Kenwood, Yountville, Oakville
Highlights from your plan
VJB Cellars ©
VJB Cellars
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery
Landmark Vineyards ©
Landmark Vineyards

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Step off the beaten path and head to Marin Headlands and Muir Woods National Monument. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Pacifica to see Rockaway Beach about 32 minutes away. Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at Keller Beach Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at China Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Rockaway Beach, Muir Woods National Monument, Keller Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sentinel Dome and El Capitan. Take a break from the city and head to Vernal Fall and Tunnel View. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, hike along Four Mile Trail, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

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

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, enjoy the sand and surf at Newport Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Manhattan Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Seal Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October: highs in Los Angeles hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, Seal Beach, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Visit Pfeiffer State Beach and Sand Dollar Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Limekiln State Park and Mission San Antonio de Padua. The adventure continues: trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, stroll through Partington Cove, and enjoy the sea views from Point Sur State Historic Park.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Big Sur day trip tool .

You can fly from Los Angeles to Big Sur in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Big Sur reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sand Dollar Beach, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Sand Dollar Beach ©
Sand Dollar Beach

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Panamint Range. Step off the beaten path and head to The Devil's Speedway and Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works and take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Big Sur to Death Valley National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Big Sur in November, Death Valley National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 4th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then walk around Slick Rock Recreation Area. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, then hike along Mount Whitney Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of California Historical Landmark 507.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lone Pine, Inyo National Forest, Slick Rock Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Inyo National Forest ©
Inyo National Forest

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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan Bautista, then identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, kick back and relax at Lovers Point, get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then visit a coastal fixture at Point Pinos Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission, and finally take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. November in Carmel sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mission San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista

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