19 days in California Itinerary

19 days in California Itinerary

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19 days in California Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  3​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  45​min
5
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Cambria
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Anaheim
— 1 night
+3
bus + Fly + bus + shuttle:  5​h
10
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Pebble Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
12
Truckee
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Fort Lauderdale

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San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner .

Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Fort Lauderdale in March, with highs in San Francisco at 64°F and lows at 50°F. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 30th (Fri).

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Tours
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Homewood Mountain Resort. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kiva Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adventure Mountain.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in South Lake Tahoe hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Homewood Mountain Resort
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Homewood Mountain Resort ©
Homewood Mountain Resort
Adventure Mountain ©
Adventure Mountain

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 25th (Thu), trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then don't miss a visit to Valley View, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 3.5 hours. In July in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
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Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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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 27th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, admire the landmark architecture of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Carmel hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trip

San Carlos Cathedral
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Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
San Carlos Cathedral ©
San Carlos Cathedral

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Big Sur day trip planning site .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cambria.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Coast Gallery Big Sur ©
Coast Gallery Big Sur

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Cambria

Cambria ©
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cambria day trip tool .

Getting from Big Sur to Cambria by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

#Wineries

Side Trip

Whalebone Vineyard
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Whalebone Vineyard ©
Whalebone Vineyard

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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.
On the 29th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara, then identify plant and animal life at Ostrich Land, and then take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santa Barbara tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Santa Barbara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in July, you will find days in Santa Barbara are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Old Mission Santa Ines, Ostrich Land, Carpinteria State Beach
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Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Walt Disney Concert Hall. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame and then identify plant and animal life at Running Horse Ranch.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Barbara in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 83°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Anaheim.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Running Horse Ranch
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Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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Anaheim

Anaheim
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anaheim day trip planner .

Anaheim is very close to Los Angeles. In April in Anaheim, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Anaheim

#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.
On the 2nd (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Pigeon Point Light Station, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ano Nuevo State Reserve, and then go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery and then laugh and play at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park.

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Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Anaheim to Santa Cruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Anaheim in August, expect Santa Cruz to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero, Shark Fin Cove, San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park, Capitola Beach
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Ano Nuevo State Reserve ©
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Capitola Beach ©
Capitola Beach
San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery ©

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): make a trip to Lone Cypress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach.

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Getting from Santa Cruz to Pebble Beach by car takes about an hour. In August in Pebble Beach, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Poppy Hills Golf Course ©
Poppy Hills Golf Course

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Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): let the kids burn off some steam at Commons Beach Park and then ski along the peaceful trails at Tahoe Donner. On the next day, glide through natural beauty at Sugar Bowl Resort.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Truckee trip planner.

Drive from Pebble Beach to Truckee in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Pebble Beach in August, expect nights in Truckee to be slightly colder, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Truckee

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sugar Bowl Resort, Commons Beach Park
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Tahoe Donner ©
Tahoe Donner
Sugar Bowl Resort ©
Sugar Bowl Resort

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