15 days in California Itinerary

15 days in California Itinerary

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15 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
bus + Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego tour itinerary app .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Diego. In May in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
On the 13th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Inglenook, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Modus Operandi Cellars.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Helena trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Diego in May, with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

Inglenook, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
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B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and City Lights Booksellersfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco travel route planner .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Museum Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Taft Point. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

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.
Do your shopping at Montana Avenue and Hammer Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Santa Monica Pier. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, explore the world behind art at Craft & Folk Art Museum, and view the masterpieces at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles route planner.

You can 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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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