18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Calistoga
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
subway + Fly:  18​h 15​min
Rio de Janeiro

1
day
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at V. Sattui, learn about winemaking at Robert Mondavi Winery, then learn about winemaking at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Castello di Amorosa.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Calistoga day trip planner.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Calistoga is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Calistoga is minus 5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in July since evenings lows in Calistoga dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Robert Mondavi Winery
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Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
V. Sattui ©
V. Sattui
Robert Mondavi Winery ©
Robert Mondavi Winery

4
days
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.
Visit Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Step out of Yosemite National Park with an excursion to Tioga Rd in Lee Vining--about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Calistoga to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, ferry, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Calistoga in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tioga Rd, Bodie, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
days
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Get a sense of the local culture at Friends of Hearst Castle and Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary). Relax by the water at Moonstone Beach and Piedras Blancas. Venture out of the city with trips to Morro Bay National Estuary (in Morro Bay) and Parrish Family Vineyard (in Paso Robles). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, kick back and relax at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Simeon takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Simeon hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Moonstone Beach, Parrish Family Vineyard, Morro Bay National Estuary
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Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Piedras Blancas
Piedras Blancas
Friends of Hearst Castle ©
Friends of Hearst Castle

3
days
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Point Lobos State Reserve and Seventeen Mile Drive. Relax by the water at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Big Sur (Partington Cove, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, & more). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row and stop by The Cheese Shop.

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Traveling by car from San Simeon to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cannery Row
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Visit City Lights Booksellers & Publishers and SS Jeremiah O'Brien for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to San Gregorio to see San Gregorio State Beach about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, stroll through Golden Gate Park, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Gregorio State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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