41 days in United States Itinerary

41 days in United States Itinerary

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41 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 9 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Malibu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Half Moon Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Santa Maria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Morro Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Paso Robles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Spend the 17th (Mon) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary maker site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December, expect San Francisco to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Tours
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

9
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, & more). Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the stunning scenery at Runyon Canyon Park, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 30:
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Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park

3
nights
Malibu

Malibu ©
Malibu is a beach city in Los Angeles County, California, situated 30mi west of Downtown Los Angeles. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Zuma Beach, then examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and then take in the waterfront at Malibu Pier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at El Matador State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Malibu trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Malibu in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and bus; or take a bus. In December in Malibu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Malibu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
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Zuma Beach ©
Zuma Beach
The Getty Villa ©
The Getty Villa
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then wander the streets of State Street, and then stroll through Santa Barbara Zoo.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Malibu to Santa Barbara in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Malibu in January, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Barbara, with lows around 7°C. You'll set off for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Tours Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Cannery Row. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carmel trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Monterey
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay ©
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. On the 8th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Pescadero State Beach and then stroll through Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Half Moon Bay travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Half Moon Bay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. January in Half Moon Bay sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, San Gregorio State Beach, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
San Gregorio State Beach ©
San Gregorio State Beach

3
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Partington Cove, then stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and finally get lost in a book at Henry Miller Memorial Library.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Big Sur trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Half Moon Bay to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 13th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

3
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Santa Maria is a city near the Southern California coast in Santa Barbara County. On the 13th (Sun), experience rural life at Avila Valley Barn. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Morro Rock and then immerse yourself in nature at Montana de Oro State Park.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Maria attractions tool .

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Maria in 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Santa Maria can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. You will leave for home on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Morro Rock, Montana de Oro State Park
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Monarch Butterfly Grove ©
Monarch Butterfly Grove
Montana de Oro State Park ©
Montana de Oro State Park
Morro Rock ©
Morro Rock

2
nights
Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 16th (Wed), cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery & Florist, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Morro Bay travel tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Maria to Morro Bay takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cambria, San Simeon, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

3
nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Parrish Family Vineyard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room, then stop by Pasolivo Olive Oil, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Paso Robles trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Morro Bay to Paso Robles takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Morro Bay in January; daily highs in Paso Robles reach 20°C and lows reach 3°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Templeton
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Tobin James Cellars ©
Tobin James Cellars
Wine Tours & Tastings
Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room ©
Olea Farm Olive Oil & Tasting Room

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): cruise along West Cliff Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Paso Robles to Santa Cruz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, Monterey Bay, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park ©
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

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