20 days in California Itinerary

20 days in California Itinerary

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20 days in California Itinerary

Recife
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Ferndale
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mendocino
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Cambria
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
Recife

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Do your shopping at Abbot Kinney Boulevard and UCLA Store. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Bergamot Station). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stop by Soap Plant/La Luz de Jesus, browse the different shops at The Grove, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Flower Market.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary builder website .

Recife, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Recife to Los Angeles. Traveling from Recife in May, things will get slightly colder in Los Angeles: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ferndale.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Shopping, #Neighborhoods, #Museums

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Santa Monica
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Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Ferndale

Ferndale ©
Ferndale is a city in Humboldt County, California, United States. To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ferndale planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Los Angeles to Ferndale. In May, Ferndale is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 18°C and lows of 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Ferndale

#Shopping, #Museums

Side Trips

Trinidad Art Gallery, Arcata Farmers' Market
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Arcata Farmers' Market ©
Arcata Farmers' Market
Trinidad Art Gallery ©
Trinidad Art Gallery
Golden Gait Mercantile ©
Golden Gait Mercantile

2
days
Mendocino

Mendocino ©
Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for gifts at Mendocino Jams & Preserves, steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, then look for gifts at Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, then view the masterpieces at Highlight Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Albion River Bridge. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA, visit a coastal fixture at Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Kwan Tai.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mendocino vacation planner .

Getting from Ferndale to Mendocino by car takes about 3 hours. When traveling from Ferndale in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mendocino: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mendocino

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Beaches

Side Trips

Point Arena, Albion River Bridge
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Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum ©
Point Arena Lighthouse & Museum
Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station ©
Point Cabrillo Light Station

4
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers. Shop till you drop at Union Square and Ramini Mozzarella. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Nicasio Valley Cheese Company in Nicasio--about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, look for gifts at Rainbow Grocery, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

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You can drive from Mendocino to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mendocino in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Cambria.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Ramini Mozzarella, Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square ©
Union Square

3
days
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). Discover out-of-the-way places like Cambria Nursery & Florist and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop. Head to Rons and Lucia Apothecaryfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Cambria side-trips: Kiler Ridge Olive Farm (in Paso Robles), Alapay Cellars (in Avila Beach) and Morro Bay (The Shell Shop & The Garden Gallery). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and look for gifts at Red Moose Cookie Company.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cambria route maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Cambria in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Cambria are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are slightly colder (10°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Cambria

#Shopping, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Morro Bay, Elephant Seal Rookery, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Museum & Gift Shop, Alapay Cellars, Grape Encounters Empourium
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Cambria Nursery & Florist ©
Cambria Nursery & Florist
Rons ©
Rons

3
days
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.
State Street and Solvang Antiques are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Sacred Space and Sort This Out Cellars. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Visitor Center (in Solvang) and Global Gardens (in Los Olivos). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara, browse the different shops at Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, and stop by Chocolate Maya.

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You can drive from Cambria to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Cambria in May, expect nights in Santa Barbara to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Solvang, Global Gardens, The Sacred Space, Seaside Gardens
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The Sacred Space ©
The Sacred Space
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Solvang Antiques ©
Solvang Antiques

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