16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Rio de Janeiro

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Union Square. Step off the beaten path and head to Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Sacramento (Old Sacramento & California State Railroad Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, get engrossed in the history at Tenderloin Museum, shop like a local with City Lights Booksellers, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco day trip website .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sacramento, Valley of the Moon Pottery & North Eagle Gallery, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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. On the 16th (Thu), admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Steven Whyte's Sculpture Studio and Gallery, view the masterpieces at Carmel Art Association, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis the Menace Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Venture Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Carmel travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Monterey, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Sat), wander the streets of State Street Underpass, admire the architecture and history at La Purisima State Historical Park, then learn more about the world around you at Wildling Museum of Art and Nature, and finally take in the history at Old Mission Santa Ines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, then admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, then do a tasting at Grassini Family Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Margerum Wine Company.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Carmel to Santa Barbara in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Solvang, La Purisima State Historical Park
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La Purisima State Historical Park ©
La Purisima State Historical Park
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Old Mission Santa Ines ©
Old Mission Santa Ines

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and Annenberg Space for Photography. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (The Disney Gallery, Disneyland Park, & more). There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and admire the striking features of Bradbury Building.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Barbara in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Anaheim, Canine Creek Dog Wash & Pet Boutique, Two Rodeo Drive, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Santa Monica Pier
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Mission San Juan Capistrano ©
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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