19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  15​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  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:  19​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.
Let the collections at Exploratorium and California Academy of Sciences capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cable Car Museum and Stanford University. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Hewlett Packard Garage (in Palo Alto) and Mountain View (Google Android Lawn Statues & Computer History Museum). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, get a taste of the local shopping with Ghirardelli Square, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip site .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to San Francisco. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Wed) before leaving for Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Mountain View, Palo Alto
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 23rd (Wed), stroll through Half Moon Bay State Beach, tee off at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, kick back and relax at Pescadero State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Half Moon Bay travel route tool .

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 a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: high temperatures in Half Moon Bay hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Wed), cruise along Seventeen Mile Drive.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Half Moon Bay to Monterey by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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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 24th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel sightseeing planner.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. October in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Luis Obispo trip itinerary maker .

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. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Fri) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Tours
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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.
Discover how to plan a Santa Barbara trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) 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.
Visiting San Diego Zoo and Coronado Island will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, stroll through Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Diego using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in October since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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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nights
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 29th (Tue): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then discover the magic at Downtown Disney.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Anaheim trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in October, you will find days in Anaheim are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Thu) 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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night
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 31st (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, trek along Split Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Griffith Observatory and Petersen Automotive Museum. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Science Center will appeal to museum buffs. Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in panoramic vistas at OUE Skyspace LA, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, and make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip site .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in November; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Broad ©
The Broad

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