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
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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 — 4 nights

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 Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Barbara: Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve (in Carpinteria), Stadium Park (in Atascadero) and Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, take an in-depth tour of Santa Barbara Historical Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and stroll around Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens.

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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.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
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Los Angeles, United States — 7 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Disneyland Park and Pirates of the Caribbean. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disney California Adventure Park, &more) and Santa Monica (Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, Santa Monica Place, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, make a trip to Walt Disney Concert Hall, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

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You can drive from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Santa Barbara in April since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.
Theme Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
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San Diego, United States — 8 nights

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 La Jolla Cove will thrill your kids. Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In April in San Diego, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Guadalajara.
Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Guadalajara, Mexico — 10 nights

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 del Estado de Jalisco and Templo Expiatorio del Santisimo Sacramento. Change things up with these side-trips from Guadalajara: Zapopan (El Diente & Bosque El Centinela). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Instituto Cultural Cabanas, explore the world behind art at MUSA Museo de las Artes Universidad de Guadalajara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guadalajara Cathedral, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Tianguis on Chapultepec.

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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. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Guadalajara due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Guadalajara, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
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San Francisco, United States — 8 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Mill Valley (Lytton Square, Muir Woods National Monument, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and take a stroll through SoMa.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Guadalajara to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit cooler, around 53°F, while days are cooler, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Monterey.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Monterey, United States — 6 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Family-friendly places like Point Lobos and Monterey Bay Aquarium will thrill your kids. Take a break from Monterey with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Moss Landing, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

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You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Monterey, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 13 — 19:

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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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Specialty Museums · Churches · 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.