28 days in California Itinerary

28 days in California Itinerary

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28 days in California Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Funston National Park and Baker Beach. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Sonoma to see Sonoma Coast State Beach about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach, and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour itinerary builder tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to San Francisco. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Sonoma Coast State Beach
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

1
night
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Keep things going the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Monterey are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Point Lobos, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara day trip planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in September: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Margerum Wine Company ©
Margerum Wine Company

11
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica Bay and Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center, Disneyland Park, & more), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point) and Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica Mountains, & more). Pack the 19th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and take in the exciting artwork at Annenberg Space for Photography.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip maker .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in September, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Beverly Hills, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

6
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 some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and Spanish Village Art Center. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, contemplate the long history of Marston House Museum, shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read San Diego route maker site .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

few
hours
Los Angeles

Los Angeles
To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip tool .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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