18 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
San Diego
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights


San Diego — 3 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and St Agnes Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: look for gifts at San Diego Fly Rides, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph Cathedral, trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and contemplate the long history of Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Diego. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, things will get a bit cooler in San Diego: highs are around 23°C and lows about 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Head to Bergamot Station and Montana Avenuefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Rodeo Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Farmers Market, Third Street Promenade, &more). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, and kick back and relax at Santa Monica Bay.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate California Academy of Sciences and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

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 Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, explore the different monuments and memorials at Yosemite Cemetery, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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California travel guide

The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.