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.
Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Let the collections at California Academy of Sciences and Computer History Museum capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Palo Alto (Stanford University & Hewlett Packard Garage) and Google Android Lawn Statues (in Mountain View). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the history behind The Wave Organ, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Porto Alegre to San Francisco, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Porto Alegre in July, with lows around 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 Shopping Historic Sites

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay State Beach, play a few rounds at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, enjoy the sand and surf at 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.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Half Moon Bay trip planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Half Moon Bay, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pigeon Point Light Station, Natural Bridges State Beach
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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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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monterey travel route 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 enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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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), look for all kinds of wild species at Point Lobos, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip planner .

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows 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

Parks Nature 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 ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo itinerary maker site .

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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in July: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling 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 see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Barbara attractions site .

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Luis Obispo in July: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 18°C. 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Step out of the city life by going to La Jolla Cove and Coronado Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse, and pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online trip maker .

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Santa Barbara in July, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can 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.
On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then don't miss a visit to Downtown Disney.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anaheim road trip site .

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 July, plan for a bit warmer days in Anaheim, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 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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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 3rd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Split Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Anaheim in August; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 45°C and lows reach 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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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Broad and California Science Center. Get a sense of the local culture at Petersen Automotive Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, take in panoramic vistas at OUE Skyspace LA, and catch a live performance at Dolby Theatre.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles tour itinerary planning site .

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. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 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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