17 days in California Itinerary

17 days in California Itinerary

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17 days in California Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  18​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
4
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
5
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Lisbon

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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip itinerary maker .

Lisbon, Portugal to San Diego is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to San Diego is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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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.
Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, get curious at Exploratorium, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco travel planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect San Francisco to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): browse the different shops at Third Street Promenade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, and finally look for gifts at Bergamot Station. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santa Monica route planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Santa Monica in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

3
nights
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 18th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company and then take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. On your second day here, savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Monica in October since evenings lows in Santa Barbara dip to 13°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

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