18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Santa Clarita
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

2
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.
Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Diego trip builder tool .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Diego, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Book Passage, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, make a trip to Yosemite Village, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip 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. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 36 minutes away. Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our 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, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are much warmer (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Manhattan Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip maker website .

Santa Monica is just a stone's throw from Los Angeles. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Clarita.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Manhattan Beach
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26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
nights
Santa Clarita

Santa Clarita ©
Santa Clarita, officially the City of Santa Clarita, is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, California, and the 24th largest in the state of California. On the 2nd (Mon), find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and then make a splash at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Clarita day trip app .

You can drive from Santa Monica to Santa Clarita in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in November, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Clarita

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mission San Buenaventura, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Mission San Buenaventura ©
Mission San Buenaventura

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