19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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Fly
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Half Moon Bay
— Few hours
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Taxi
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Carmel
— Few hours
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Barbara
— Few hours
Drive
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San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 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.
Appreciate the collections at California Academy of Sciences and Cable Car Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Exploratorium and Computer History Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Palo Alto (Stanford University & Hewlett Packard Garage) and Google Android Lawn Statues (in Mountain View). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, shop like a local with Union Square, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planning website.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Porto Alegre in February; daily highs in San Francisco reach 19°C and lows reach 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

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 1st (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay State Beach, tee off at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, kick back and relax at Pescadero State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay trip planning website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, Half Moon Bay is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Golf

Side Trips

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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Half Moon Bay to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. 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

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your 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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel road trip website.

Carmel is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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San Luis Obispo

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

You can drive from Carmel to San Luis Obispo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in March, expect nights in San Luis Obispo to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 25°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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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.
For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or 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 · Wineries · Tours

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San Diego

America's Finest City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Coronado Island and Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Carlsbad to see LEGOLAND California about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, examine the collection at San Diego Air & Space Museum, and stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego online trip maker.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in March since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Anaheim

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then discover the magic at Downtown Disney District.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Anaheim trip maker site.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 14°C. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks

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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): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, trek along Split Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car; or fly. March in Joshua Tree National Park sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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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.
Let the collections at The Broad and Los Angeles County Museum of Art capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Petersen Automotive Museum and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at California Science Center, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, catch a live performance at Dolby Theatre, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in March, and nighttime lows around 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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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.