7 days in California Itinerary

7 days in California Itinerary

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7 days in California Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro
Fly + subway:  18​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
Rio de Janeiro

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of Union Square, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then contemplate the long history of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers, and then look for gifts at Vital Tea Leaf.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco visit planning tool .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf

1
day
Monterey

Monterey ©
The City of Monterey in Monterey County is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay, on Central California's Pacific coast in California. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Monterey are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Carmel
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Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach ©
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

2
days
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.
On the 26th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Guitar Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and finally look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Getty Center The Publications, browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, then don't miss a visit to Montana Avenue, then stop by Bergamot Station, and finally stop by Amoeba Music.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles day trip planning site .

You can fly from Monterey to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in December: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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Santa Monica Farmers Market ©
Santa Monica Farmers Market
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Abbot Kinney Boulevard ©
Abbot Kinney Boulevard

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