16 days in California Itinerary

16 days in California Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Painted Ladies, NFL Shop Pier 39, Blue & Gold Fleet, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, get curious at Exploratorium, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get much colder in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. You'll set off for Carmel on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

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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 Walks. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then get the lay of the land with Carmel Walks. Here are some ideas for day two: observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Carmel online day trip planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll set off for Santa Barbara on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

1
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Santa Barbara

The American Riviera

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Old Mission Santa Barbara as well as Santa Barbara Harbor.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites

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Los Angeles

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You've added Hollywood Bowl, LA Farmers' Market, The Grove, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Malibu Lagoon State Beach (in Malibu) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 27th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Santa Barbara in January, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.