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:  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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Twin Peaks and Computer History Museum. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Google Android Lawn Statues (in Mountain View) and Palo Alto (Stanford University & Hewlett Packard Garage). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

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. Traveling from Porto Alegre in July, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Palo Alto, Mountain View
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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay State Beach, play a few rounds at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, stroll through Pescadero State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip website .

Getting from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Half Moon Bay are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time 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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Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Half Moon Bay to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Half Moon Bay in July: highs in Monterey hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride 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 27th (Sat), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip builder site .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In July, daily temperatures in Carmel can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Nature Parks Beaches

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. To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo trip 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. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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.
To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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.
USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Point Loma Lighthouse and The Unconditional Surrender. Explore San Diego's surroundings by going to Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, head off the coast to Coronado Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego online travel route 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. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Coronado Island
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Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
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 1st (Thu): discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Anaheim online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in July, you will find days in Anaheim are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) 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 ©
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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, then trek along Split Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read 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 car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Anaheim in August, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 45°C and lows at 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

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

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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.
The Broad and Petersen Automotive Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate California Science Center and Griffith Observatory. Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles holiday planning app .

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 do a combination of car and bus. In August, Los Angeles is slightly colder than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. On the 8th (Thu), 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
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Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Broad ©
The Broad
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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