33 days in California Itinerary

33 days in California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
3
Los Osos
— 5 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Bodega Bay (Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail & Bodega Head). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, stop by Nob Hill, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around °C and lows are around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bodega Bay, Cowell Ranch State Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, shop like a local with Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and then wander the streets of Ocean Avenue.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz online trip builder.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Santa Cruz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, Santa Cruz is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Osos.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Pebble Beach Golf Links
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

5
nights
Los Osos

Los Osos
Los Osos is an unincorporated community and a census-designated place located along the Pacific coast of San Luis Obispo County, California. Step out of the city life by going to Bluff Trail and Montana de Oro State Park. You'll get in some beach time at Pirate's Cove Beach and Avila Main Beach. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, take a peaceful walk through Elfin Forest Preserve, look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, and take a leisurely stroll along Avila Beach Pier.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Osos trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Los Osos in 3 hours. In December in Los Osos, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Los Osos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Ancient Peaks Winery
Highlights from your plan
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Griffith Observatory. Head to The Grove and Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutiquefor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park), Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes) and Tehachapi Mountain Park (in Tehachapi). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Third Street Promenade, examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online road trip planner.

You can drive from Los Osos to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Los Osos in December since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Tehachapi, The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, Running Horse Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
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.
Get outdoors at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Point Loma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. Change things up with a short trip to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside (about 44 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village, stop by Catalina Offshore Products, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in San Diego are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Harmony Borax Works and Eureka Mine. Get outdoors at Zabriskie Point and Twenty Mule Team Canyon. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, don't miss a visit to Ashford Mill Ruins, explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon, and get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Death Valley National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in December: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

4
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Half Dome and Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Lake Mary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mammoth Lakes: Lee Vining (Tioga Rd & Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve) and Glacier Point (in Yosemite National Park). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin and take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mammoth Lakes, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, thentake in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

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Fly from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be much hotter, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Baker Beach ©
Baker Beach
Grace Cathedral ©
Grace Cathedral
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks