44 days in California & Guadalajara Metropolitan Area Itinerary

44 days in California & Guadalajara Metropolitan Area Itinerary

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Santa Barbara, United States
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles, United States
— 7 nights
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San Diego, United States
— 8 nights
Bus to Tijuana, Fly to Guadalajara
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Guadalajara, Mexico
— 10 nights
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San Francisco, United States
— 8 nights
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Monterey, United States
— 6 nights
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Santa Barbara, United States

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Santa Barbara Zoo and Stearns Wharf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach), Stadium Park (in Atascadero) and Carpenteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara tour planner.

Santa Maria to Santa Barbara is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. In April in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Los Angeles, United States

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.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and The Getty Center will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, Santa Monica Place, &more) and Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disney California Adventure Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, have fun at California Science Center, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in April since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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San Diego, United States

America's Finest City

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.
Family-friendly places like San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park will thrill your kids. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip website.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. April in San Diego sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Guadalajara.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Guadalajara, Mexico

Pearl of the West

One of Mexico's cultural hubs, Guadalajara represents the home of mariachi music and hosts numerous large-scale events, ranging from international film festivals to celebrated book fairs.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Palacio de Gobierno and Basilica de Zapopan. Change things up with these side-trips from Guadalajara: Zapopan (El Diente & Bosque El Centinela). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Expiatory Temple, explore the world behind art at MUSA Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara, hunt for treasures at Tianguis on Chapultepec, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Guadalajara itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from San Diego to Guadalajara takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Guadalajara. Traveling from San Diego in April, expect nights in Guadalajara to be a bit cooler, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Guadalajara

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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San Francisco, United States

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Mill Valley (Lytton Square, Muir Woods National Monument, &more). The adventure continues: walk around Golden Gate Park, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Guadalajara to San Francisco in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Guadalajara to San Francisco. When traveling from Guadalajara in May, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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Monterey, United States

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Family-friendly places like Point Lobos and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard will thrill your kids. Take a break from Monterey with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, and stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monterey day trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Monterey are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

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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.

Guadalajara Metropolitan Area travel guide

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Churches · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area contains Mexico's second largest city, which serves as a lively and cosmopolitan capital of the Jalisco state. Guadalajara Metropolitan Area vacations generally include tours of architectural landmarks and major historical sites scattered across the big city, which boasts a decidedly European look and feel thanks to its broad avenues and manicured parks. This densely populated area hosts numerous festivals, from celebrations of mariachi music to events held in honor of the local version of Virgin Mary, Virgen de Zapopan. Meeting the natives at these colorful gatherings remains one of the best ways to soak in the region's vibe and get a good feel for this urban area, which serves as an alternative holiday idea to the overwhelming Mexico City.