18 days in California Itinerary

18 days in California Itinerary

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18 days in California Itinerary

Start: Florianopolis
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Palm Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Anaheim
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
8
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Florianopolis

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, examine the collection at Mingei International Museum, and then shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego tour app .

Florianopolis, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Florianopolis to San Diego, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, San Diego is slightly colder than Florianopolis - with highs of 25°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in San Diego

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gaslamp Quarter ©
Gaslamp Quarter
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

2
nights
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 29th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Antique Galleries of Palm Springs, then admire the masterpieces at Heather James Fine Art, and finally take in the exciting artwork at CODA Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Dream Wanderer, examine the collection at Integratron, then get engrossed in the history at Palm Springs Air Museum, and finally look for gifts at Brandini Toffee.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Palm Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect nights in Palm Springs to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Landers, Palm Desert
Highlights from your plan
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum
Integratron ©
Integratron

1
night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip planner .

Getting from Palm Springs to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, Anaheim is a bit cooler than Palm Springs - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at The Getty Center, admire the masterpieces at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, then look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hammer Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker app .

Los Angeles is just a short distance from Anaheim. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Casa del Herrero, stop by The Sacred Space, then take in panoramic vistas at Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and finally explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, hunt for treasures at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, then examine the collection at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Douglas Family Preserve, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, Santa Barbara is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

The Sacred Space
Highlights from your plan
Casa del Herrero ©
Casa del Herrero
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space

2
nights
Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 6th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at artifacts gallery, then explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): stop by Harmony Pottery Works, view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cambria trip planner .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Santa Barbara in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Cambria, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Morro Bay, San Simeon, Harmony Pottery Works
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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nights
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 8th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Carmel Art Association, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, view the masterpieces at Wyland Gallery Carmel, take in the exciting artwork at Photography West Gallery, view the masterpieces at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, then view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Weston Gallery.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cambria to Carmel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cambria in May: highs in Carmel hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe, pick up some local products at Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market, then explore the activities along Monterey Bay, then stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Cannery Row Antique Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey itinerary planning site .

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. May in Monterey sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Certified Farmers' Market ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe ©
Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe
Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar ©
Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 11th (Sat), examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then have fun and explore at Exploratorium.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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