33 days in California Itinerary

33 days in California Itinerary

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33 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Los Osos
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Mammoth Lakes
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Exploratorium and Tenderloin Museum. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, shop like a local with Union Square, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cowell Ranch State Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip planning tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in December since evenings lows in Santa Cruz dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can 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 ©
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Speed Boats Tours and Bluff Trail. Visit Avila Main Beach and Pirate's Cove Beach for some beach relaxation. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Alapay Cellars, visit a coastal fixture at Point San Luis Lighthouse, admire the majestic nature at Los Osos Oaks State Reserve, and do a tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Osos trip builder site .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Los Osos in 3 hours. December in Los Osos sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Los Osos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Ancient Peaks Winery
Highlights from your plan
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Speed Boats Tours
Los Osos Oaks State Reserve ©
Los Osos Oaks State Reserve

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and Tehachapi Mountain Park. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park), Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at The Grove, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip builder .

You can drive from Los Osos to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Los Osos in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica, Tehachapi, Running Horse Ranch, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Head to Seaport Village and Catalina Offshore Productsfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at USS Midway Museum and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Step out of San Diego with an excursion to Oceanside Pier in Oceanside--about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, and explore the striking landscape at Point Loma.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December in San Diego, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Seaport Village ©
Seaport Village
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Point Loma ©
Point Loma

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zabriskie Point and Mosaic Canyon. Visiting Badwater Basin and Titus Canyon will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Eureka Mine, get engrossed in the history at The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip tool .

Drive from San Diego to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. In December, Death Valley National Park is little chillier than San Diego - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to 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. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin. Escape the urban bustle at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center and Half Dome. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mammoth Lakes: Cathedral Beach Picnic Area (in Yosemite National Park) and Lee Vining (Tioga Rd & Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls and explore the activities along Lake Mary.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes tour app .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in January, plan for little chillier days in Mammoth Lakes, with highs around 7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park, Lee Vining
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get great views at Twin Peaks, admire the natural beauty at San Francisco Botanical Garden, then kick back and relax at Baker Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco vacation app .

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Lakes to San Francisco takes 3 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 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°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
City Lights Booksellers ©
City Lights Booksellers

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