16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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16 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
3
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Lisbon

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. You'll get in some beach time at Marshall’s Beach and Baker Beach. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, stroll through Lincoln Park, and explore and take pictures at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel route builder tool .

Lisbon, Portugal to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Lisbon to San Francisco, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In October in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Barbara.

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Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

Before you visit Santa Barbara, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from San Francisco to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

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Tours
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Wine Tours & Tastings

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grove. Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, examine the collection at The Getty Center, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and admire the landmark architecture of City Hall.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in October, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

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Shopping Theme Parks Parks
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

2
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.
On the 16th (Wed), browse the different shops at Westfield Horton Plaza, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and then stroll through San Diego Zoo. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter and then stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Diego online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. October in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
Spanish Village Art Center ©
Spanish Village Art Center

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for gifts at Red Blossom Tea Company, then wander the streets of Chinatown, then don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square, and finally kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, pause for some photo ops at Coit Tower, then make a trip to Washington Square, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and finally take a stroll through Union Street.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from San Diego to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

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Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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