20 days in California & Houston Itinerary

20 days in California & Houston Itinerary

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20 days in California & Houston Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monterey
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Simeon
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
6
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
7
Pismo Beach
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
8
Solvang
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
9
Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
10
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
12
Houston
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 30​min
13
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  16​h
End: Sao Paulo

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Silicon Valley, Marshall’s Beach, California Academy of Sciences, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 18th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, make a trip to Apple Park Visitor Center, catch a live performance at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, take a stroll through Union Square, then appreciate the views at Silicon Valley, and finally stroll through Marshall’s Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace and then stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; 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. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, things will get little chillier in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Apple Park Visitor Center, Silicon Valley
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle, Point Joe and Monterey Bay Aquarium. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): cruise along Point Joe, then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and finally cruise along 17-Mile Drive.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey online trip maker .

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 October in Monterey, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hearst Castle, Point Joe
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17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carmel River State Beach. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach and then view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, then don't miss a visit to Carmel Beach Boardwalk, and then stroll through Scenic Road Walkway.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel driving holiday app .

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In October in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lone Cypress
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Lone Cypress ©
Lone Cypress

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
You've now added McWay Falls to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and take some stellar pictures from Rocky Creek Bridge.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur travel itinerary planner .

Big Sur is just a short distance from Carmel. In October in Big Sur, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 25th (Sun), you're off toSolvang.

Things to do in Big Sur

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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San Simeon

San Simeon
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Simeon trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Big Sur to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sur in October, you will find days in San Simeon are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are little chillier (9°C). On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Nature
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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. For photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the San Luis Obispo trip builder website .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to San Luis Obispo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Luis Obispo when traveling from San Simeon in October, with lows around 14°C. You will leave for Pismo Beach on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks
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Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach ©
Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll around Dinosaur Caves Park and then take a leisurely stroll along Pismo Pier.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pismo Beach trip itinerary website .

Pismo Beach is very close to San Luis Obispo. In October, daytime highs in Pismo Beach are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Solvang.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Parks
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Dinosaur Caves Park ©
Dinosaur Caves Park

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Solvang

Solvang ©
Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 22nd (Thu), admire the architecture and history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Solvang journey site .

Getting from Pismo Beach to Solvang by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Pismo Beach in October since evenings lows in Solvang dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Solvang

Historic Sites
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Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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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 ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip builder .

Traveling by car from Solvang to Santa Barbara takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Solvang in October: highs in Santa Barbara hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You'll set off for San Diego on the 22nd (Thu).

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, step aboard Maritime Museum of San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read San Diego tour 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 November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in San Diego. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hollywood Walk of Fame, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and other attractions you added. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, catch some excitement at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find out how to plan a trip to Los Angeles, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 29th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Houston.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park, Camarillo Premium Outlets
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Galleria, F1 - United States Grand Prix and Space Center Houston. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Kemah Boardwalk (in Kemah) and The Seawall (in Galveston). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Houston journey planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Houston in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Houston are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

F1 - United States Grand Prix, The Seawall, Kemah Boardwalk
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Galleria ©
The Galleria

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Monica: Six Flags Magic Mountain (in Santa Clarita) and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley). And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, take a stroll through Rodeo Drive, look for gifts at Bergamot Station, and explore and take pictures at Mulholland Drive.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Houston to Santa Monica in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November, daytime highs in Santa Monica are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
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Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station

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