45 days in California Itinerary

45 days in California Itinerary

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45 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Bus:  19​h 30​min
1
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
St. Helena
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Appreciate the collections at Tallac Historic Site and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Relax by the water at West End Beach and Kiva Beach. When in South Lake Tahoe, make a side trip to see Gatekeeper's Museum in Tahoe City, approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find maps and tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe trip builder tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 5°C in South Lake Tahoe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

West End Beach, Meeks Bay Beach, Gatekeeper's Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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.
Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 10th (Mon) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Lembert Dome, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in June, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

5
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. Relax by the water at Point Lobos and Asilomar State Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Marina State Beach (in Marina), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Pfeiffer State Beach (in Big Sur). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, stop by AiX, and tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in Carmel are a bit cooler (23°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Marina State Beach, Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Musee Mecanique. Get a sense of the local culture at Fisherman's Wharf and SoMa. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

6
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Mumm Napa and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery and Dean & DeLuca. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, and examine the collection at Sharpsteen Museum.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the St. Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in St. Helena are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rutherford, Calistoga, Yountville, Glen Ellen, Kenwood
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Mumm Napa ©
Mumm Napa

6
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego capture your imagination. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read San Diego online sightseeing planner .

You can fly from St. Helena to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from St. Helena, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

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
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

8
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Griffith Observatory and Petersen Automotive Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 13th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, get curious at California Science Center, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

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