30 days in California Itinerary

30 days in California Itinerary

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30 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
bus + Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
St. Helena
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip maker site .

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. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Sao Paulo in August, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, trails, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary tool .

You can fly from San Diego to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (41°C), and nights are little chillier (20°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:
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Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail

2
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Change things up with these side-trips from St. Helena: Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more), Petaluma Seed Bank (in Petaluma) and Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma). Dedicate the 2nd (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards.

Start your trip to St. Helena by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to St. Helena in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in St. Helena hover around 34°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Tours Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Wine Tours & Tastings, Petaluma Seed Bank, Sonoma Plaza, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 4:
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Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Wine Tours & Tastings
Gracianna Winery ©
Gracianna Winery

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 8th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in September, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, parks, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

You can 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 September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 15:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 17th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, and explore and take pictures at Dodger Stadium.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday 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. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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