42 days in California Itinerary

42 days in California Itinerary

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Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Newport Beach
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Newport Beach
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 15 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Solvang
— 2 nights
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Carmel
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 14 nights
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Newport Beach

City beaches line the coast from the Balboa Peninsula to the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Cove and then contemplate the long history of Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Mission San Juan Capistrano, admire the landmark architecture of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Newport Beach itinerary planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Newport Beach is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Newport Beach, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in July: highs in Newport Beach hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Newport Beach

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Santa Monica State Beach and Manhattan Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Norton Simon Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica (Third Street Promenade, Ocean Avenue, &more), Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Malibu (The Getty Villa, Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, do sightseeing your way with Bikes And Hikes LA, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles visit planner.

Drive from Newport Beach to Los Angeles in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Mission Santa Barbara and State Street Underpass. Kids will enjoy Santa Barbara Zoo and Stearns Wharf. Take a break from Santa Barbara with a short trip to Ventura Harbor Village in Ventura, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Carpinteria State Beach and explore the world behind art at Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in Santa Barbara at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Solvang.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Solvang

Solvang is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. On the 30th (Thu), contemplate the long history of La Purisima State Historical Park, then stop by Ostrich Land, and then experience rural life at Seein' Spots Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the views at Santa Ynez Valley and then stop by The Good Life.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Solvang trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Solvang in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Santa Barbara, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Solvang, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Solvang

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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. Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Cannery Row are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to Big Sur (McWay Falls, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Asilomar State Beach.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carmel holiday maker app.

You can drive from Solvang to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Solvang, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Union Square. Attractions like Golden Gate Bridge and Sonoma Coast State Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay), Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Big Basin Redwoods State Park (in Boulder Creek). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see a show at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baker Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planning app.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.