19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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Start: Recife
Fly:  18 h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Calistoga
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Sacramento
— Few hours
Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
8
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Recife

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Take a break from the city and head to Strawberry Hill and Fishing Charters & Tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, examine the collection at San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building, and brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Recife, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. While traveling from Recife, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Amorosa, do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sterling Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Huge Bear at The Bank Tasting Room.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Calistoga journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of subway, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in April, Calistoga is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Calistoga

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

V. Sattui Winery
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Sterling Vineyards ©
Sterling Vineyards
V. Sattui Winery ©
V. Sattui Winery
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

few
hours
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Sacramento vacation maker website.

You can drive from Calistoga to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Sacramento are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will leave for Yosemite National Park on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Parks Tours
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1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sacramento in April, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around -2°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, kick back and relax at Point Lobos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Carmel holiday tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 15.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Carmel when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Cannery Row
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Cannery Row ©
Cannery Row

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Santa Barbara County Courthouse, explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally shop like a local with State Street Underpass.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara road trip planning website.

Getting from Carmel to Santa Barbara by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in April: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Museum of Art ©
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1
night
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 14th (Wed): take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica Bay.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In April in Santa Monica, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rodeo Drive
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim, about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, steep yourself in history at Avila Adobe, don't miss a visit to Hollyhock House, and wander the streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Santa Monica. In April in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, pause for some serene contemplation at Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April in San Diego, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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