20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  18​h
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Brasilia

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Attractions like California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, examine the collection at de Young Museum, admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planning app .

Brasilia, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Brasilia to San Francisco, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brasilia in December, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Visiting Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Glacier Point will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yosemite Museum Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. On the 2nd (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, get great views at Washburn Point, identify plant and animal life at McGurk Meadow, and hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mammoth Lakes holiday planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Mammoth Lakes in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Mammoth Lakes to be colder, around -11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Griffith Observatory and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, have fun and explore at Travel Town, examine the collection at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles driving holiday site .

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in January, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 24°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like San Diego Zoo and Cabrillo National Monument. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Scripps Institute of Oceanography Coastal Reserve, examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot, and step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read San Diego online visit planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in San Diego are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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