24 days in Washington DC, California & Houston Itinerary

24 days in Washington DC, California & Houston Itinerary

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Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  12 h
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Washington DC
— Few hours
Fly:  10 h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
4
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
6
San Luis Obispo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Santa Barbara
— 1 day
Drive:  30 min
8
Ventura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Anaheim
— 3 nights
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 (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, walk around National Mall, thenpause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, thenappreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC route planning app.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Washington DC is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Washington DC due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, expect Washington DC to be little chillier, temps between 25°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Parks
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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 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Washington DC to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. October in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
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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.
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe route builder app.

You can drive from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect little chillier days and colder nights in South Lake Tahoe, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for 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 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along West Cliff Drive, get in on the family fun at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then take in the waterfront at Santa Cruz Wharf.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Cruz trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Santa Cruz in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, things will get a bit warmer in Santa Cruz: highs are around 28°C and lows about 12°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Monterey.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Scenic Drive Outdoors Theme Parks
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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. On the 18th (Mon), take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monterey attractions planning site.

Getting from Santa Cruz to Monterey by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in October, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to San Luis Obispo.

Things to do in Monterey

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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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. To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Luis Obispo online itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to San Luis Obispo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in October: highs in San Luis Obispo hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
You've now added Camarillo Premium Outlets to your itinerary. On the 20th (Wed), take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf and then revel in the low prices at Camarillo Premium Outlets.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara online route planner.

You can drive from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ventura.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Shopping

Side Trip

Camarillo Premium Outlets
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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. Ventura Pier and Promenade has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Wed), take in the waterfront at Ventura Pier and Promenade.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ventura trip builder website.

Ventura is very close to Santa Barbara. In October in Ventura, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Ventura Pier and Promenade ©
Ventura Pier and Promenade

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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 list of things to see and do now includes Mission Beach Boardwalk, Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, Balboa Park, and other attractions. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip website.

Getting from Ventura to San Diego by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from Ventura in October, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coronado Beach
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Highlights from your plan
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Anaheim day trip website.

Drive from San Diego to Anaheim in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from San Diego in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Anaheim: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
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Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach and Boardwalk, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Monica attractions planning tool.

Drive from Anaheim to Santa Monica in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Anaheim in October, plan for little chillier 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 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Los Angeles, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Rodeo Drive
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County ©
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, Buffalo Bayou Park, The Galleria, and other attractions. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Buffalo Bayou Park, walk around Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, thenenjoy the thrill of live dance at The Galleria, and finally see the interesting displays at Space Center Houston.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Houston itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Santa Monica to Houston takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In October, Houston is a bit warmer than Santa Monica - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Events Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

F1 - United States Grand Prix
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
Buffalo Bayou Park ©
Buffalo Bayou Park
The Galleria ©
The Galleria

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