60 days in California Itinerary

60 days in California Itinerary

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60 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
bus + Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
St. Helena
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

6
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.
Head to Gaslamp Quarter and Africa and Beyondfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip planning website .

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 changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in December, with highs in San Diego at 23°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 14:
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

8
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and Sharpsteen Museum. Head to Oxbow Public Market and Sebastopol Center for the Artsfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting St. Helena side-trips: Sonoma (Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Lachryma Montis, & more), Petaluma Boulevard and Kentucky Street (in Petaluma) and The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum (in Napa). Dedicate the 15th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, wander the wide-open spaces of Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate, immerse yourself in nature at Jack London State Historic Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Mumm Napa.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our St. Helena trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from San Diego to St. Helena in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. In December, St. Helena is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 18°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Sonoma, Oakville, Napa, Rutherford, Calistoga
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 22:
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Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Head to Ferry Building Marketplace and Chinese Culture Centerfor plenty of shopping. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, take a stroll through Twin Peaks, and explore the world behind art at Asian Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip maker .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from St. Helena in December since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 22 — Jan 2:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
nights
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Do your shopping at Carmel Art Association and Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carmel: Wrath Winery (in Soledad), Carmel Valley (Moto Talbott, Parsonage Winery Tasting Room, & more) and Canepa Motorsports Museum (in Scotts Valley). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and view the masterpieces at Photography West Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Carmel holiday planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Wrath Winery, Canepa Motorsports Museum
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room ©
Parsonage Winery Tasting Room
Moto Talbott ©
Moto Talbott

10
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. On the 9th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Range.

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You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 17:
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Valley Chapel ©
Yosemite Valley Chapel

11
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.
The Getty Center and Abbot Kinney Boulevard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Santa Monica Farmers Market and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica Place, & more) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 22nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, wander the streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Los Angeles road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Two Rodeo Drive, Norton Simon Museum
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 28:
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

6
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore or State Street. Get some cultural insight at Old Mission Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Sanford Winery & Vineyards (in Lompoc), Santa Maria (Foxen Vineyard & Winery & Rancho Sisquoc Winery) and Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards (in Buellton). Dedicate the 31st (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at The Collection at Riverpark, do a tasting at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Santa Barbara when traveling from Los Angeles in January, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping Tours Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Maria, The Collection at Riverpark, Sanford Winery & Vineyards, Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards, Friends of the Camarillo Library Bookstore
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Rancho Sisquoc Winery ©
Rancho Sisquoc Winery

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