19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  16​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:  21​h
End: Porto Alegre

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Museum-lovers will get to explore California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stanford University and Painted Ladies. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Hewlett Packard Garage (in Palo Alto) and Mountain View (Google Android Lawn Statues & Computer History Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ghirardelli Square, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and pause for some photo ops at The Wave Organ.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco holiday maker website .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Porto Alegre in February, with highs in San Francisco at 19°C and lows at 10°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mountain View, Palo Alto
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

few
hours
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 1st (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Half Moon Bay State Beach, play a few rounds at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Half Moon Bay tour builder app .

Getting from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in March, things will get little chillier in Half Moon Bay: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pigeon Point Light Station, Natural Bridges State Beach
Highlights from your plan
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. To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monterey attractions planning site .

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. March in Monterey sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium

few
hours
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip planning app .

Carmel is very close to Monterey. March in Carmel sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
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. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Luis Obispo trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Carmel to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Carmel in March: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 10°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

few
hours
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.
Plan a Santa Barbara trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Point Loma Lighthouse and LEGOLAND California. Step out of San Diego to go to Carlsbad and see Carlsbad Premium Outlets, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, pause for some photo ops at The Unconditional Surrender, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Santa Barbara to San Diego by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Santa Barbara in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Coronado Island
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

3
nights
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Here are some ideas for day two: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park and then make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim visit planner.

Getting from San Diego to Anaheim by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Downtown Disney ©
Downtown Disney

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, trek along Split Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Broad and Petersen Automotive Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: get curious at California Science Center, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and stop by Hollywood & Highland.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning app .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
The Broad ©
The Broad

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