37 days in California Itinerary

37 days in California Itinerary

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37 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Palm Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Mount Shasta
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Carmel
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, wander the streets of The Stanford Shopping Center, and then browse the fresh offerings at Monterey Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Lindsay Wildlife Museum, then hike along Lafayette Reservoir, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourth Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to San Francisco is minus 5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Berkeley, Stanford Shopping Center, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Lafayette Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Lafayette Reservoir ©
Lafayette Reservoir
Lindsay Wildlife Museum ©
Lindsay Wildlife Museum

2
nights
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Visit Carpinteria State Beach and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Cold Spring Tavern and Douglas Family Preserve. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Barbara: La Purisima State Historical Park (in Lompoc), Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery (in Carpinteria) and Ventura (Mission San Buenaventura & Ventura Harbor Village). There's much more to do: take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines, get a new perspective on nature at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, and examine the collection at Elverhoj Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Solvang, Ventura, La Purisima State Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve ©
Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park

4
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Take a break from the city and head to Slot Canyon and Borrego Palm Canyon Nature Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Salvation Mountain and Motif. Step out of Palm Springs to go to Mecca and see International Banana Museum, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Bump and Grind Trail, stop by Brandini Toffee, explore the stunning scenery at Painted Canyon, and trek along Indian Canyons Hiking Trails.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Palm Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Palm Desert, Borrego Springs, Salvation Mountain, International Banana Museum
Highlights from your plan
Desert Willow Golf Resort ©
Desert Willow Golf Resort
Salvation Mountain ©
Salvation Mountain
Painted Canyon ©
Painted Canyon

3
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 Charcoal Kilns and Eureka Mine. Visiting Titus Canyon and Mosaic Canyon will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ghost Town of Schwab, and take some stellar pictures from Father Crowley Vista Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Palm Springs to Death Valley National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, Death Valley National Park is a bit cooler than Palm Springs - with highs of 15°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range

3
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Take a break from the city and head to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve and Tenaya Lake. Bodie and Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Olmsted Point in Yosemite National Park (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at June Mountain, indulge your thirst for a good beer at June Lake Brewing, stop by Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes, and explore the activities along Wild Willy's Hot Springs.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mammoth Lakes sightseeing planner .

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. In December, Mammoth Lakes is slightly colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 9°C and lows of -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mount Shasta.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

June Lake, Yosemite National Park, Bodie, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
June Mountain ©
June Mountain
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve ©
Tenaya Lake ©
Tenaya Lake

2
nights
Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta ©
Mount Shasta is a city in Siskiyou County, California, at about 3600ft above sea level on the flanks of Mount Shasta, a prominent northern California landmark. Take a break from the city and head to Mt. Shasta Nordic Center and McCloud Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Shasta-Trinity National Forest and The Weed Store. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castle Lake, appreciate the history behind Living Memorial Sculpture, get curious at Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, and admire the sheer force of Mossbrae Falls.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mount Shasta travel route planner.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Mount Shasta by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -2°C in Mount Shasta. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Mount Shasta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Weed, Dunsmuir, McCloud Falls
Highlights from your plan
Castle Lake ©
Castle Lake
Mossbrae Falls ©
Mossbrae Falls
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum ©
Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum

2
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). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at artifacts gallery and Cambria Nursery & Florist. Visiting William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach and Morro Bay Golf Course will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cambria: Mission San Antonio de Padua (in Jolon), Jack Creek Celllars (in Templeton) and Bluff Trail (in Los Osos). There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Leffingwell Landing, stroll the grounds of Cambria Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and do a tasting at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cambria tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Mount Shasta to Cambria in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Mount Shasta in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

San Simeon, Jack Creek Celllars, Bluff Trail, Morro Bay Golf Course, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua ©
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Leffingwell Landing ©
Leffingwell Landing

8
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. Appreciate the collections at Carmel Mission and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Shop till you drop at Carmel Art Association and Weston Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park & Coast Gallery Big Sur), Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines) and Mission San Juan Bautista (in San Juan Bautista). There's still lots to do: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, stroll through Dennis the Menace Park, identify plant and animal life at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Cambria in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Big Sur, Mission San Juan Bautista, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©

3
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.
On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at 1,000 Steps Beach, then explore the world behind art at Laguna Art Museum, and then shop like a local with South Coast Plaza.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Los Angeles journey builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. While traveling from Carmel, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Laguna Beach, South Coast Plaza, The Americana at Brand, Greystone Mansion and Park, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
Highlights from your plan
1,000 Steps Beach ©
1,000 Steps Beach
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art ©
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
Laguna Art Museum ©
Laguna Art Museum

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): savor the flavors at Monterey Market. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Bodega Head and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Berkeley, Bodega Bay, Stanford Shopping Center, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Bodega Head ©
Bodega Head
Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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