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:  19​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 Cable Car Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to California Academy of Sciences and Stanford University. Venture out of the city with trips to Hewlett Packard Garage (in Palo Alto) and Mountain View (Google Android Lawn Statues & Computer History Museum). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the history behind The Wave Organ, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and get curious at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

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. In October, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palo Alto, Mountain View
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

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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 24th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay State Beach, tee off at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pescadero State Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, and finally kick back and relax at Natural Bridges State Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay trip planning tool .

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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in October; daily highs in Half Moon Bay reach 22°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can 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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Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach ©
Natural Bridges State Beach
Pescadero State Beach ©
Pescadero State Beach

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip planner .

Getting from Half Moon Bay to Monterey by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. In October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) 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 25th (Fri), kick back and relax at Point Lobos, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel road trip website .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) 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 photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Luis Obispo trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 14°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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.
For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara itinerary builder app .

Drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Santa Barbara can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Point Loma Lighthouse and The Unconditional Surrender. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, head off the coast to Coronado Island, and stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego travel site .

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 October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) 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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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then don't miss a visit to Downtown Disney.

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Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in October: highs in Anaheim hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) 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 ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, hike along Split Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Anaheim in November: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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 and learn at The Broad and California Science Center. Do some cultural sightseeing at Petersen Automotive Museum and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Santa Monica State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in November, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. On the 6th (Wed), 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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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Broad ©
The Broad

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