12 days in California Itinerary

12 days in California Itinerary

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12 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
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.
Relax by the water at Fort Funston National Park and Marshall’s Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read San Francisco route planning website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Yosemite Village, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

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. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Popular historic sites such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, identify plant and animal life at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 22°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, The Wende Museum of the Cold War, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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