19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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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 + Bus:  21 h
End: Porto Alegre

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Exploratorium and Computer History Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to California Academy of Sciences and Twin Peaks. Venture out of the city with trips to Google Android Lawn Statues (in Mountain View) and Palo Alto (Stanford University & Hewlett Packard Garage). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning website.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 21- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour 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

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mountain View, Palo Alto
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
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. On the 26th (Fri), kick back and relax 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach.

Discover how to plan a Half Moon Bay trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for slightly colder days in Half Moon Bay, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can 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

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monterey sightseeing 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. Traveling from Half Moon Bay in July, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 24°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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): kick back and relax at Point Lobos, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning site.

Carmel is very close to Monterey. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow 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. To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo tour builder 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. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days in San Luis Obispo, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks
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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.
Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Santa Barbara trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors 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.
You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Coronado Island and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Diego, with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough 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 Jul 28 — 31:
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Coronado Island ©
Coronado Island
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Keep things going the next day: discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then discover the magic at Downtown Disney.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Anaheim journey planning app.

Getting from San Diego to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 23°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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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.
On the 3rd (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, trek along Split Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

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 Nature Outdoors
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Petersen Automotive Museum and The Broad. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Pack the 6th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, enjoy breathtaking views from OUE Skyspace LA, stop by Hollywood & Highland, and see a show at Dolby Theatre.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app.

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. In August, Los Angeles is a bit cooler than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:
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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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