16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego online trip itinerary maker .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to San Diego is minus 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Museums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then indulge your taste buds at Mumm Napa, and finally do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip itinerary planning site .

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 slightly colder evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Diego in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Shopping Museums

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Mumm Napa
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B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Exploratorium and Golden Gate Bridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Francisco trip simple and quick.

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in October, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find out how to plan a trip to Carmel, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

4
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.
Visiting Taft Point and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park driving holiday website .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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.
Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Santa Monica Pier. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip 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 October, expect nights in Los Angeles to be much hotter, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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