20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
West Hollywood
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  6 h 45 min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Vancouver

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Bring the kids along to Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Sonoma Barracks (in Sonoma) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Francisco. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in December; daily highs in San Francisco reach 59°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Sonoma Barracks
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally take in the waterfront at Carmel Beach Boardwalk.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carmel online vacation planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Carmel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

17-Mile Drive
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

1
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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy some diversion at The Santa Barbara Art Foundry and then take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara travel route planner .

Getting from Carmel to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

2
nights
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.
To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in Santa Monica dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the galleries of Maritime Museum of San Diego, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and then get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Cuvier Park - The Wedding Bowl, then appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. December in San Diego sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park, then make an unforgettable trip to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquarium of the Pacific. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): experience the excitement of Radiator Springs Racers, find something for the whole family at Disney California Adventure Park, and then discover the magic at Downtown Disney.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Anaheim trip itinerary app .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to West Hollywood.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Aquarium of the Pacific
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

2
nights
West Hollywood

West Hollywood ©
West Hollywood, occasionally referred to locally as WeHo, is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Attractions like Kidspace Children's Museum and Jet Propulsion Laboratory make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Pasadena (Jackie Robinson's Boyhood Home, The Gamble House, & more). The adventure continues: stop by Fred Segal, shop like a local with Robertson Boulevard, stroll around Beverly Gardens Park, and don't miss a visit to Sunset Plaza.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read West Hollywood vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to West Hollywood takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. In December in West Hollywood, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in West Hollywood

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pasadena, Beverly Hills
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Sunset Strip ©
Sunset Strip
Kidspace Children's Museum ©
Kidspace Children's Museum
Jet Propulsion Laboratory ©
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then don't miss a visit to Tunnel Log, and finally admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip tool .

Getting from West Hollywood to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from West Hollywood in December, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 58°F and 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Giant Forest
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally hit the slopes at Badger Pass Ski Area.

Make your Yosemite National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (46°F), and nights are colder (14°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

2
nights
San Francisco

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get great views at Twin Peaks, then savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then enjoy breathtaking views from Coit Tower, and finally see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Nature Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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