19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  15​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.
Appreciate the collections at California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium. Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Computer History Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Palo Alto (Stanford University & Hewlett Packard Garage) and Google Android Lawn Statues (in Mountain View). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the history behind The Wave Organ, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, and don't miss a visit to Painted Ladies.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco travel itinerary planner .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 28th (Sat), 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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Half Moon Bay State Beach, tee off at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadero State Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Pigeon Point Light Station, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridges State Beach.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay road trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Half Moon Bay hover around 22°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow 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 find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Half Moon Bay to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. September in Monterey sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Monterey

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

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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. On the 29th (Sun), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel road trip planning website .

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In September in Carmel, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to 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. To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Luis Obispo trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Carmel in September, you will find days in San Luis Obispo are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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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.
To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara day trip planner.

Getting from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Let the collections at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Carlsbad (LEGOLAND California & Carlsbad Premium Outlets). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, stroll around Balboa Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and head off the coast to Coronado Island.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in September since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car 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 try out the rides at Downtown Disney.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anaheim trip itinerary 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 34°C to lows of 19°C. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden, hike along Split Rock, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Drive from Anaheim to Joshua Tree National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

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

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Broad and Griffith Observatory. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, catch a movie at California Science Center, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) 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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