19 days in Washington DC, California & Houston Itinerary

19 days in Washington DC, California & Houston Itinerary

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19 days in Washington DC, California & Houston Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  12 h
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Washington DC
— Few hours
Fly:  10 h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
6
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Bus:  30 min
8
Ventura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
San Diego
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
11
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h
12
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Sao Paulo

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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Mall as well as United States Capitol. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, stroll through National Mall, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, then appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and finally ponder the world of politics at White House.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Washington DC trip simple and quick.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Washington DC is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Washington DC, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, expect Washington DC to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Mall ©
National Mall
Washington Monument ©
Washington Monument
United States Capitol ©
United States Capitol

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Union Square, Hard Rock Cafe, Fisherman's Wharf, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge and step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to San Francisco takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be colder, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, West Cliff Drive and Santa Cruz Wharf. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz itinerary planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October: high temperatures in Santa Cruz hover around 28°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Scenic Drive Outdoors Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Wharf ©
Santa Cruz Wharf

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 17-Mile Drive. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Santa Cruz to Monterey in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in Outubro, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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San Luis Obispo

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

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Luis Obispo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Luis Obispo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 14°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Luis Obispo

Wineries Outdoors Parks

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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.
Camarillo Premium Outlets has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the waterfront at Stearns Wharf and then revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Santa Barbara travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Ventura.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping

Side Trip

Camarillo Premium Outlets
Highlights from your plan
Camarillo Premium Outlets ©
Camarillo Premium Outlets
Stearns Wharf ©
Stearns Wharf

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Ventura

Ventura
Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. You've now added Ventura Pier and Promenade to your itinerary.

Make your Ventura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Ventura is very close to Santa Barbara. In October, daytime highs in Ventura are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Diego.

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Coronado Beach, Embarcadero, Cabrillo National Monument, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then take a leisurely stroll along Embarcadero. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove, then examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Coronado Beach.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ventura to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ventura in October since evenings lows in San Diego dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Cabrillo National Monument ©
Cabrillo National Monument

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anaheim vacation planner.

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego in October, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hollywood Walk of Fame, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Hollywood Sign, and other attractions. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Santa Monica State Beach.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica planner.

Drive from Anaheim to Santa Monica in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and tram. When traveling from Anaheim in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Santa Monica: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Six Flags Magic Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Six Flags Magic Mountain ©
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
You've added Buffalo Bayou Park, Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, F1 - United States Grand Prix, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): mix with locals at F1 - United States Grand Prix.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Houston route site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Santa Monica to Houston takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram, train, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Santa Monica to Houston due to the time zone difference. In October, Houston is a bit warmer than Santa Monica - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Events Museums Parks

Side Trip

F1 - United States Grand Prix
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Buffalo Bayou Park ©
Buffalo Bayou Park
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park ©
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

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