19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  16​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
taxi:  30​min
4
Carmel
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Porto Alegre

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Mountain View (Google Android Lawn Statues & Computer History Museum) and Palo Alto (Stanford University & Hewlett Packard Garage). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, pause for some photo ops at The Wave Organ, shop like a local with Union Square, and don't miss a visit to Ghirardelli Square.

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Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Porto Alegre in March; daily highs in San Francisco reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palo Alto, Mountain View
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach, play a few rounds at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pescadero State Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Half Moon Bay online visit planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in March: high temperatures in Half Moon Bay hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Natural Bridges State Beach, Pigeon Point Light Station
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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 5th (Tue), explore and take pictures at Seventeen Mile Drive.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Monterey vacation tool .

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Seventeen Mile Drive
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

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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. On the 6th (Wed), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

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Carmel is very close to Monterey. In March, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Big Sur
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park ©
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

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night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Luis Obispo to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 25°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Thu) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks
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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.
To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Get outdoors at San Diego Zoo and La Jolla Cove. Venture out of the city with trips to Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). There's lots more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Coronado Island
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then discover the magic at Downtown Disney.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim online holiday planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 14°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Wed) before leaving for Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, hike along Split Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

Drive from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. March in Joshua Tree National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Trails Nature
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Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Griffith Observatory and California Science Center. Let the collections at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Madame Tussauds Hollywood capture your imagination. Pack the 16th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, enjoy breathtaking views from OUE Skyspace LA, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles itinerary builder site .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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