21 days in Baja California Norte & California Itinerary

21 days in Baja California Norte & California Itinerary

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21 days in Baja California Norte & California Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Tijuana, Mexico
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mexicali, Mexico
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles, United States
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego, United States
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
San Francisco, United States
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Monterey, United States
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina

1
day
Tijuana, Mexico

Tijuana is the largest city in Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula and center of the Tijuana metropolitan area, part of the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Tours and then see the interesting displays at Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT).

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tijuana itinerary maker .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tijuana is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Buenos Aires to Tijuana is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Buenos Aires in July, expect Tijuana to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexicali.

Things to do in Tijuana

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT) ©
Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)

1
night
Mexicali, Mexico

Mexicali
Mexicali is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California and seat of the Municipality of Mexicali. To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mexicali day trip planner.

Drive from Tijuana to Mexicali in 3 hours. When traveling from Tijuana in July, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Mexicali: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 31°C at night. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Mexicali

Shopping Fun & Games Nature
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nights
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mexicali to Los Angeles. While traveling from Mexicali, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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nights
San Diego, United States

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Petco Park and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Coronado Bridge, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego journey builder tool .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
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San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Petco Park ©
Petco Park
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park ©

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nights
San Francisco, United States

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and San Francisco Bay. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for San Francisco using our trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from San Diego in July since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Tours
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

4
nights
Monterey, United States

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. Venture out of the city with trips to San Simeon (Hearst Castle & Elephant Seal Rookery) and Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, & more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and wander the streets of Old Fisherman's Wharf.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Monterey are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, San Simeon, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

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