19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
2
Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
3
Monterey
— 1 night
4
Carmel
— Few hours
5
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
6
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
7
San Diego
— 3 nights
8
Anaheim
— 3 nights
9
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
10
Los Angeles
— 4 nights

4
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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Computer History Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Palo Alto (Stanford University & Hewlett Packard Garage) and Google Android Lawn Statues (in Mountain View). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, make a trip to Lombard Street, take a stroll around Civic Center, and see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to San Francisco is minus 5 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Porto Alegre in December, with highs in San Francisco at °C and lows at °C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palo Alto, Mountain View
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach and then examine the collection at Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Half Moon Bay tour itinerary planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia ©
Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Half Moon Bay to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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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 25th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos and then do a tasting at Joullian Vineyards & Winery.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Carmel online trip planner.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In December, daytime highs in Carmel are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Joullian Vineyards & Winery
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Joullian Vineyards & Winery ©
Joullian Vineyards & Winery

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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 where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in San Luis Obispo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara day trip tool.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Santa Barbara are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Shopping Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

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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 La Jolla Cove and Coronado Island will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, visit a coastal fixture at Old Point Loma Lighthouse, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Diego sightseeing planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in December since evenings lows in San Diego dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Coronado Island
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Air & Space Museum ©
San Diego Air & Space 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 next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then laugh and play at Downtown Disney.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Anaheim can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, hike along Split Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in January: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around °C and lows are around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
Highlights from your plan
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 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Griffith Observatory. Appreciate the collections at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Petersen Automotive Museum. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, explore the world behind art at The Broad, stop by Hollywood & Highland, and catch a movie at California Science Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in January, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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