19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  17​h
1
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Malibu
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
6
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Porto Alegre

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
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 Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Powell and Market Cable Car Turnaround, and other attractions. Do your shopping at Union Square and Ferry Building Marketplace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Lands End, look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco holiday website .

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 difference when traveling from Porto Alegre to San Francisco is minus 5 hours. June in San Francisco sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, San Francisco Premium Outlets, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

2
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): trek along Scenic Road Walkway, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carmel online journey planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Big Sur holiday planning site .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In June, daytime highs in Big Sur are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Mon), do a tasting at Margerum Wine Company, do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, look for all kinds of wild species at Douglas Family Preserve, then kick back and relax at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara road trip planning app .

You can drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Malibu.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Douglas Family Preserve ©
Douglas Family Preserve
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park ©
Arroyo Burro County Beach Park
Margerum Wine Company ©
Margerum Wine Company

1
day
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. On the 2nd (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Westward Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Malibu Country Mart.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Malibu trip planning site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Malibu in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Malibu, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Malibu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
Malibu Country Mart ©
Malibu Country Mart

5
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.
Relax by the water at Newport Beach and Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Battleship USS Iowa BB-61 and The Getty Center. The adventure continues: stop by LA Farmers' Market, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and admire the masterpieces at The Broad.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles online travel route planner .

Drive from Malibu to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Malibu in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
The Broad ©
The Broad

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